Covid-19: Number of patients in intensive care reaches all-time high

PUTRAJAYA: The number of Covid-19 patients under intensive care has reached a new high with 314 placed in ICUs nationwide, with 122 on ventilator support.

This as Malaysia recorded 3,680 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Jan 27).

The total number of confirmed cases in the country is now up to 194,114.

In the same 24-hour span, seven people had died to Covid-19 in the country, bringing the death toll to 707.

The country also discharged 1,858 patients, bringing the number of Covid-19 recoveries in the country to 151,018.

There are currently 42,389 active Covid-19 cases being treated at the country's hospitals and quarantine centres.

In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said six of the cases were imported infections.

Johor recorded the highest number of new cases at 1,069, followed by Selangor (822 cases), Kuala Lumpur (698) and Sabah (295).

"Most of the cases were uncovered from infection clusters and active contact tracing, " said Dr Noor Hisham.

He also said there were only 64 new cases reported from prison and detention centre clusters, which is about 1.7% of Wednesday's total.

On the fatalities, Dr Noor Hisham said three were in Selangor, two in Perak and one each in Sarawak and Sabah.

All were Malaysians aged between 55 and 84.

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

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