KUALA LUMPUR: There was a slight dip in the number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the last six days from July 23-28.

A total of 24,024 cases were recorded this week, compared with 26,237 cases during the same period last week (July 16-21).

A total of 44 fatalities due to Covid-19 were reported during the week under review, bringing the nation’s death toll to 35,946.

Yesterday, 3,926 new infections were reported, including 23 imported cases (21 of which were in Johor), pushing up the nation’s active caseload to 47,286, with 96.6% cases undergoing home quarantine.

According to the Health Ministry’s CovidNow data as at 11.59pm on Thursday, Selangor accounted for the highest number of new cases at 1,167 and was the only state to record a four-digit figure, Bernama reported.

States that registered three-digit figures yesterday were Kuala Lumpur (939), Perak (331), Sabah (249), Negri Sembilan (244), Penang (223), Melaka (151), Kedah (142) and Johor (108).

Putrajaya had 92 cases, Sarawak (80), Pahang (71), Kelantan (61), Terengganu (32), Labuan (24) and Perlis (12).

Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 figure now stood at 4,668,139.

There were also 3,542 recoveries reported up to 11.59pm on Thursday, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 4,584,907.

During the week under review, the ministry detected eight new clusters: July 24 (education); July 25 (high-risk group); July 26 four (two education and two high-risk groups); and July 28 (one education and one high-risk group).

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, a total of 7,038 clusters had emerged in Malaysia. As of now, 20 clusters are still active.

With total cases at 4,668,139, Malaysia now stands at the 26th spot in the list of 228 countries and territories affected by the pandemic. Just ahead of Malaysia are Austria with 4,724,622 cases and North Korea (4,772,810).