PUTRAJAYA: For the third time in five days, the number of daily Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has breached the 2,000 mark.
And the rate of the Covid-19 infection in the country does not appear to be slowing down either, with a staggering 9,835 cases already registered between Jan 1 and Jan 5.
In a statement, health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia has already recorded 122,845 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began last year.
He also announced another eight Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the country’s fatalities to 509.
Dr Noor Hisham said five of the deaths were in Sabah, two in Selangor and one in Johor – with the deceased aged between 52 and 78.
However, 1,221 more Covid-19 patients were discharged yesterday, which means 99,449 or 81% had recovered from the virus.
The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has gone up to 22,887.
Currently, 123 patients are in intensive care with 52 requiring ventilator support.
Dr Noor Hisham said 16 cases were imported infections, while the rest were local transmissions.
Selangor again saw the highest increase of the day with 509 new cases, or 25.1% of Malaysia’s number of Covid-19 cases yesterday.
This is followed by Johor with 428 or 21.1% of cases, and Sabah with 383 cases (18.9%).
Dr Noor Hisham also said the Health Ministry has discovered 11 new Covid-19 infection clusters in the country.