Covid-19: 3,631 new cases, highest death tally of 18 bring total fatalities to 660

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has 3,631 new Covid-19 infections on Friday (Jan 22), taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country up to 176,180.

In the same 24-hour span, 18 people had died of Covid-19 in the country.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll is now 660.

The country also discharged 2,554 patients, bringing the number of Covid-19 recoveries in the country up to 132,706.

There are currently 42,814 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at the country’s hospitals and quarantine centres.

Of that total, 251 patients are in intensive care, with 102 on ventilator support.

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said six of Friday’s cases were imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions.

The states with the highest number of new cases are Selangor (782 cases), Johor (466), Sabah (453) and Kuala Lumpur (435).

Sarawak reported the state’s record daily figure with 229 new cases.

There are 89 new cases reported from prison and detention centre clusters, which is about 2.5% of Friday’s total.

On the death cases, Dr Noor Hisham said nine were in Selangor, three in Sabah, two in Kuala Lumpur and one each in Johor and Penang.

All but one are Malaysian nationals, and they are aged between 32 and 88.

Those who succumbed mostly suffered from comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.

Four of the fatalities — two at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang and one each at Kinabatangan Hospital in Sabah and Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital in Selangor — are classified as ‘death on arrival’ cases.

All of Malaysia except Sarawak are under the second rendition of the movement control order until Feb 4.

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