Covid-19: Malaysia's new cases rise to 3,585; fatalities top 700 with 11 more deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 26): Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases rose to 3,585 today, from 3,048 reported on Monday, marking the third straight day of cases staying above the 3,000 mark with 11 more deaths recorded.

Among the new infections today, two were imported — meaning they had contracted the virus from abroad — while 3,583 were local transmissions, said health director-general (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Dr Noor Hisham said among the locally transmitted cases, 3,053 or 85.2% involved Malaysians, while 530 or 14.8% were foreigners.

This raised the cumulative Covid-19 infections to 190,434 from just 113,010 as at Dec 31, 2020. The 11 additional fatalities also pushed the coronavirus death toll to 700, according to his statement.

Meanwhile, active cases today dropped for the fourth consecutive day to 40,574, from a high of 42,814 last Friday (Jan 22). But this also marked a week of active cases staying above the 40,000 level.

Selangor recorded the highest number of new infections with 1,295 cases, pushing the state’s tally to 56,664 — the highest among all states and federal territories.

This was followed by Kuala Lumpur with 610 cases, pushing its tally to 22,275, Johor with 516 cases (17,276) and Sabah with 303 cases (47,442).

As for the 11 fatalities, four deaths were recorded in Kuala Lumpur, three in Sarawak while one each was reported in Perak, Johor, Selangor and Penang respectively.

The deceased involving 10 Malaysians and one foreigner were aged between 42 and 92 years, said the DG.

Currently, there are 280 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICUs) with 111 of them needing ventilators to breathe.

For recoveries, 4,076 patients have been discharged today, exceeding the number of new infections, thus pushing the total recoveries to 149,160.

Seven new clusters identified by MoH

Dr Noor Hisham said seven new clusters have been identified by the Ministry of Health (MoH), bringing the total active clusters monitored by the ministry to 356.

The seven new clusters include three workplace-linked clusters, namely the Jalan Cochrane cluster in Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur with 26 cases; The Jalan Platinum cluster in Johor Bahru, Johor with 33 cases; and the Intan Delima cluster in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan with 25 cases.

Meanwhile, two clusters are linked to the infections among the community, namely the Jalan Padi Mahsuri cluster in Kulai, Johor with 25 cases and the Kampung Bukit Putera in Setiu, Terengganu with 25 cases.

The remaining clusters are the Keladi Saga cluster in Kulim, Kedah with 34 cases and the Tembok Bukit Besi cluster in Dungun, Terengganu with 99 cases.

To date, 753 Covid-19 clusters have been reported in the country.

A total of 397 clusters have been declared ended as no new cases were detected in 28 days. These include two clusters which came to an end today, namely the Teguli cluster in Sabah and the Desa Pinang cluster in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

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