PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases remained within the 3,000 mark for the fourth day running, with Monday’s (Feb 8) 3,100 cases reflecting a slight decrease.
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The country’s cases were above 4,000 on Feb 3 (4,284 cases) and Feb 4 (4,571 cases), but from Feb 5 onwards, the daily infections stayed below 4k.
Monday is the 27th day of the movement control order for most states in the country.
During a recent teleconference session with the press, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cases will "stabilise" at the 3,000 mark in the fourth week of the MCO, before heading to a decline.
Despite the decrease in the number of daily cases, the total number of active cases - meaning, the current total of Covid-19 patients in the country - is still high at 51,977.
Of that figure, 282 patients are in intensive care units, with 134 on ventilator support.
Selangor continued to record the most cases out of all states with 1,196 new infections on Monday.
Johor recorded 490 new cases, while Melaka recorded the third highest total with 344 fresh infections.
Kuala Lumpur has 295 new cases.
Only the federal territory of Labuan reported zero new cases on Monday.
Meanwhile, the 24 new death cases reported on Monday is the highest ever accumulated in a single day in the country.
In a statement, Dr Noor Hisham said the fatalities involved 21 Malaysians and three foreigners.
“Today’s death cases involved seven in Selangor, three each in Sabah, Sarawak, and Kuala Lumpur, two each in Perak and Johor, and one each in Kelantan, Melaka, Kedah and Penang.
“The Health Ministry conveys its condolences to the family members of those deceased, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
The ages of the 24 who died ranged from 44 to 98.
All three foreigners who died were cases that have been classified as “death on arrival” (DOA).
They were a 50-year-old man at Hospital Alor Gajah in Melaka, a 52-year-old man at Hospital Kuala Lumpur and a 48-year-old woman at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
The woman is said to have a background of diabetes and high blood pressure.
One Malaysian - a 45-year-old man in Perak - was also a DOA case which was reported at Hospital Tapah.