Covid-19 deaths (Sept 27): 278 reported fatalities, total at 25,437
Published:  Sep 26, 2021 11:31 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2021 12:00 AM

COVID-19 | The Health Ministry's Github data repository reported a total of 278 Covid-19 fatalities yesterday (Sept 26), bringing the cumulative death toll to 25,437.

The daily reported deaths have been above 200 for three consecutive days. 

September is Malaysia's deadliest month since the start of the pandemic, underscoring the country's position as the worst in Asia in the number of Covid-19 deaths per capita.

From the newly reported deaths yesterday, 35.6 percent or 99 died before they could receive treatment at a hospital.

Selangor recorded the highest number of new deaths at 113, making up 40.6 percent of the newly reported fatalities.

The remaining deaths were in Johor (32), Penang (31), Kedah (27), Sabah (22), Kuala Lumpur (12), Kelantan (11), Sarawak (11), Perak (5), Terengganu (5), Malacca (4), Pahang (4) and Negeri Sembilan (1).

No new deaths were reported in Perlis, Labuan and Putrajaya.

A total of 149 out of the 278 reported deaths occurred in the last seven days.

The remaining deaths occurred more than a week ago but were only recorded yesterday due to delays in data reporting.

An average of 330 Covid-19 deaths were reported daily in the last 30 days compared to the seven-day average of 285, indicating a downtrend.

To date, 8,782 Covid-19 deaths have been reported this month.

A total of 7,642 Covid-19 deaths were reported in August, 3,858 in July, 2,380 in June and 1,302 in May.

As of yesterday, there were 183,289 active Covid-19 cases. This is a reduction of 12.9 percent from the 210,468 active infections a week ago.

Compared to 30 days ago, the number of active cases has fallen by 31.0 percent from 265,698.

The Health Ministry's post-midnight update also provided further insights into the new Covid-19 infections yesterday.

From the 13,104 new cases yesterday, a total of 825 of them could be traced to ongoing Covid-19 clusters.

From the cluster-linked cases, 541 (65.6 percent) were from workplaces while another 222 (26.9 percent) were community transmission.

Another 51 (6.2 percent) were from clusters linked to education institutions.

The remaining cases were traced to clusters related to high-risk groups such as old folks home (6 - 0.7 percent) and detention centres (5 - 0.6 percent).

Previously, the Health Ministry released deaths statistics together with the number of new Covid-19 cases in the evening. This had since changed.

Deaths statistics are now released after midnight along with other more detailed data. Malaysiakini reports them in the morning.

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