New cases break 4,000 mark

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s new daily Covid-19 figure breached the 4,000 mark for the first time, with a record 4,029 cases.

The previous highs were registered this week on Thursday, 3,337, and on Tuesday, 3,309.

In yesterday’s Covid-19 figures, there were also eight deaths, taking the death toll to 594.

Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 1,466, followed by Johor (719), Sabah (449), Kuala Lumpur (347) and Negri Sembilan (214).

“The cases reported today (yesterday) were due to activities or movements before Jan 13, ” said Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).

The Health director-general said the number of active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia had reached 37,126.

The country now has 155,095 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic last year.

However, there were also 2,148 Covid-19 patients who were discharged, bringing the number of recoveries to 117,375 or 75.7% of the total number of cases.

Currently, there are 205 patients in intensive care, with 79 requiring ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham said as of yesterday, there were 641 clusters, including six new ones.

Three of the new clusters are in Johor – Senai Cyber in Kulai, Tembok Nanas in Pontian and Jalan Sembrong in Kluang.

The other new clusters are Jalan Permata in Seremban, Taman Juta in Hilir Perak and Kampung Lebu in Pahang.

The Kampung Lebu cluster is related to a wedding and tahlil recitation in Bentong and Kuantan districts, respectively.

The index case tested positive on Jan 5 and further screenings were done on family members and guests at the events.

“Until yesterday, 80 individuals were screened, and 21 of them tested positive, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

From the 641 clusters, 356 have ended while 285 others are being actively monitored.

“Of the active clusters, 71 reported an increase in new cases.”

Among these clusters are Sungai Putus in Klang, Selangor (336 cases), and in Johor – Bukit Pasir in Muar (189) and Senai Cyber in Kulai (111).

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