PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 3,198 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Jan 12).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that this brought the cumulative infections in the country to 2,795,233.
"A total of 3,200 recoveries were also recorded, bringing the cumulative total to 2,723,599.
"Of the 3,198 new cases, 303 were import cases involving 224 locals and 74 foreigners," he said.
He added that 215 cases were treated in intensive care units with 105 cases receiving ventilator support.
Dr Noor Hisham said eight new clusters were reported on Wednesday, bringing the number of active clusters to 179.
"Of the 3,198 new cases, 39 were in Categories Three, Four and Five while the remaining cases were in Categories One and Two.”
Category One patients are asymptomatic, while Category Two is for those with mild symptoms.
Category Three cases experience pneumonia while cases in Category Four have pneumonia and require oxygen.
Category Five is a critical stage, with patients requiring ventilator support.
Dr Noor Hisham also said the national infectivity rate (R-nought) value is currently at 1.0, adding that Labuan recorded a value of 1.12 followed by Kuala Lumpur (1.08) and Putrajaya (1.08).
He said Sabah recorded a value of 1.07 followed by Melaka (1.05), Negri Sembilan (1.04), and Kedah (1.0).
"The other states recorded a value below 1.0 with Terengganu recording the lowest value at 0.85," he said.
On the flood situation, Dr Noor Hisham said 27 temporary relief centres were still open in Johor and three in Melaka.
"A total of 1,086 people are still displaced by the floods.
"The total number of Covid-19 cases at these centres is 15 with no new cases recorded on Wednesday," he said.