Almost All States In Malaysia Record High Infectivity Rate, Says DG Hisham

14 out of 16 states and territories in Malaysia recorded a high infectivity rate or R-naught (Rt) of over 1.0 as of Sunday (August 1st).

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According to NST, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that almost all states recorded a high-infectivity rate or over 1.0 with Perlis, despite having the least COVID-19 cases in the country, topping the chart at 1.47.

This, followed by Terengganu with an Rt of 1.42, Kelantan (1.27), Sabah, Kedah and Perak (1.21), Putrajaya (1.20), Penang (1.18), Johor (1.17), Pahang (1.15), Kuala Lumpur (1.10), Selangor (1.08) and Sarawak and Melaka (1.05).

Negeri Sembilan and Labuan recorded the lowest Rt with 0.90 and 0.70 respectively. 

DG Hisham said that the infectivity rate in the country is at 1.10 overall. 

Kadar kebolehjangkitan Covid-19 atau Ro/Rt pada jangkaan mengikut kes seharian pada 31 hb Julai 2021 untuk seluruh negara adalah 1.10. Manakala pecahan mengikut negeri adalah seperti di lampiran.

Posted by Noor Hisham Abdullah on Saturday, July 31, 2021

For those who don’t know, Rt refers to the infectivity rate of a virus and the ability for a patient who tested positive to transmit it to other people. 

The lower the Rt value, the lower the probability of an infected person spreading the virus to others, so if the Rt value is 1.5, it means that a positive case could infect one or two other people. Got it?

Malaysia still records over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases daily, so it’s best that we all stay at home. 

Please remember to always follow the SOPs when you’re out and take care of yourself, okay? Let’s work together to flatten the curve! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat