Health Ministry: 3,211 new cases, eight fatalities take death toll to 586

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 3,211 new Covid-19 infections on Friday (Jan 15), the country's third-highest increase in daily cases.

This takes the country's Covid-19 tally up to 151,066.

Eight people also died due to the coronavirus, raising Malaysia's Covid-19 death toll to 586.

The country also discharged 1,939 Covid-19 patients, which means 115,227 people have recovered.

The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has gone up to 35,253.

Currently, 204 patients are in intensive care, with 87 requiring ventilator support.

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said five of Friday's cases were imported infections and the rest local transmissions.

Selangor once again recorded the highest daily increase with 889 new cases or 27.1% of the country's total.

This was followed by Johor with 535 or 16.7% of cases and Sabah with 514 cases (16%).

The number of cases reported in the remaining states are Kuala Lumpur (401), Penang (194), Kedah (142), Terengganu (92), Kelantan (79), Perak (74), Negri Sembilan (70), Pahang (70), Sarawak (60), Melaka (58), Putrajaya (24) and Labuan (nine).

Only Perlis reported zero new cases.

There were 12 new cases reported from prison and detention centre clusters, which is about 0.4% of Friday's total.

On the eight deaths, Dr Noor Hisham said four were in Selangor, two in Sabah and one each in Kedah and Johor.

Those who succumbed were aged from 50 to 79 years old and mostly suffered from co-morbidities.

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