Over 40% Of Selangor Covid-19 BIDs Among Foreigners, Ethnic Minorities

Selangor reported 1,678 brought-in-dead (BID) cases as of Sept 21, comprising foreign citizens and ethnic minorities (40.8%), Malays (34.9%), ethnic Chinese (13.8%), and ethnic Indians (10.5%).

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — Foreigners and ethnic minorities form the bulk of brought-in-dead (BID) cases in Selangor at 40.8 per cent or 684 BIDs, according to the latest data by the Selangor state health department (JKNS).

As of September 21, Malaysia’s most industrialised state reported a total 1,678 BIDs, mostly dominated by foreign citizens and ethnic minorities, followed by Malays with 585 BIDs (34.9 per cent), ethnic Chinese with 232 BIDs (13.8 per cent), and ethnic Indian with 177 BIDs (10.5 per cent).

Malay BIDs account for 0.016 per cent of Selangor’s Bumiputera population, while ethnic Chinese and ethnic Indian BIDs equate to about 0.015 per cent and 0.024 per cent of the state’s ethnic Chinese and ethnic Indian population, respectively, according to the Department of Statistics’ (DOSM) 2020 census. 

Additionally, there are 52,100 ethnic minorities and 581,100 non-citizens in Selangor. BIDs for “other” ethnicities in Selangor, which amount to 684 cases, is equivalent to 0.11 per cent of the combined population for ethnic minority and non-citizens.

In terms of overall Covid-19 deaths in Selangor as of September 21, the 4,353 Malay victims represent 0.12 per cent of the state’s 3,597,200 Bumiputera population, while 1,646 Covid-19 fatalities involving ethnic Chinese individuals form 0.1 per cent of the state’s 1,573,800 ethnic Chinese population. 

Selangor’s 1,203 Covid-19 deaths among ethnic Indians account for about 0.16 per cent of the state’s 733,800 ethnic Indian population, while 1,506 deaths involving “other” ethnicities in Selangor is equivalent to 0.24 per cent of the state’s 633,200 total population for ethnic minorities and non-citizens.

BIDs formed 13.4 per cent of overall Covid-19 deaths among Malays in Selangor as of September 21, followed by 14.1 per cent among ethnic Chinese and 14.7 per cent among ethnic Indian coronavirus fatalities. 

By citizenship, 966 BIDs or 58 per cent of total 1,678 BIDs were non-citizens and 712 BIDs (42 per cent) were Malaysians. By gender, 996 BIDs or 59 per cent were male, while 682 BIDs (41 per cent) were female.

Overall BIDs account for 19.2 per cent of 8,708 total Covid-19 deaths in Selangor and 0.25 per cent of the state’s 661,608 confirmed Covid-19 cases, as of September 21. The Selangor state health department pointed out that the vast majority (89 per cent) of Covid-19 deaths in the state had comorbidities.

The data on Covid-19 deaths in Selangor was released by state health department director Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman at a press conference last Wednesday. 

Percentage of Covid-19 brought-in-dead (BID) cases by nationality and gender in Selangor, as of September 21, 2021. Graphic from the Selangor state health department.

By district, the Petaling district has the highest BID share in Selangor with 544 BIDs or 32.4 per cent. This is followed by the Klang district with 393 BIDs (23.4 per cent), the Hulu Langat district with 371 BIDs (22.1 per cent), the Gombak district with 221 BIDs (13.2 per cent), and the Kuala Langat district with 53 BIDs (3.2 per cent).

When compared against total Covid-19 deaths by district, Petaling BIDs represent 21.7 percent of the district’s 2,503 reported coronavirus fatalities, as of September 21, while BIDs in Klang account for 21.3 per cent of the Klang district’s 1,847 cumulative deaths.

In Hulu Langat, the BID share against the district’s reported Covid-19 deaths is at 17 percent, while in Gombak and Kuala Langat, BIDs form 19.5 per cent and 14.7 per cent of each of the district’s coronavirus deaths, respectively.

Total Covid-19 brought-in-dead (BID) cases in Selangor by age group, as of September 21, 2021. Graphic from the Selangor state health department.

By age group, individuals aged 45 to 54 are most dominant with 448 of 1,678 BIDs, followed by those aged over 65 with 392 BIDs. Another 346 BIDs were reported among those aged 35 to 44 and 345 BIDs involving those aged 55-64.

Five BIDs involving children under 12 were also reported, as well as two BIDs among adolescents aged 13 to 18.

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