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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia last week recorded the sixth highest number of daily new Covid-19 cases per capita in the world, according to data tracker Our World in Data.

The country was behind Fiji, Cuba, Botswana, Georgia and Cyprus.

The tracker also ranked Malaysia 17th among countries with the highest number of new Covid-19 deaths per capita at 5.25 fatalities per million people on a seven-day rolling average, behind Indonesia (6.30) and Myanmar (6.64).

Azrul Mohd Khalib, CEO of the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy, told FMT he believed this was a result of a combination of factors, including spreader events linked to political, religious and cultural activities, the emergence of the Delta mutation and also the ineffectiveness of lockdown measures.

He said the authorities needed to look at data linked to rising hospital admissions, ICU rates and deaths, which would clearly tell how Malaysia’s public health measures had produced “mixed, inconsistent and unsustainable” results.

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