KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 31): Malaysia reported 5,298 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today, with 14 more deaths, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

Daily recoveries rose to 4,522, bringing the total recovery tally to 166,049. As the number of active cases was not far behind that of new confirmed cases, this means active cases rose by 762 today to 48,150.

The new cases comprised 5,295 local transmissions and three imported ones, involving two Malaysians and one foreigner, the ministry said.

Selangor continued to report the highest portion with 2,460 cases, of which 1,907 or 77.5% were from existing clusters or comprised close contacts of Covid-19 patients.

These were followed by Johor with 1,020 infections and Kuala Lumpur with 783.

In a statement, MOH director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 14 new deaths today included 12 in Selangor, and one each in Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur.

The ministry reported 10 new clusters today, while five more ended. These leave 392 active clusters remaining.

Of the 10 new clusters, seven were from workplaces, while two were from high-risk areas and another was reported from a community.

The new workplace clusters include Jalan Rami Tiga, Jalan Mega, Sri Plentong in Johor; Jalan Kewajipan, Persiaran Sabak in Selangor; Tapak Bina Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur; and Jalan Masjid Tanah in Melaka.

The two new high-risk area clusters are Jalan Ithnin and Bercham Raya in Johor and Perak, respectively. While the new community cluster is Jalan Tronoh in Perak.

Dr Noor Hisham reiterated that the jump in the Covid-19 numbers beyond 5,000 reported over the past three days was partly due to late reporting of cases from those detected at the end of 2020.

"This sharp increase in cases was due to targeted workplace screening, close contact screening, and high-risk group screening conducted on a large scale in several states.

"However, [appropriate action has been taken regarding the late reported cases] in the field by the District Health Office such as isolation and treatment of positive cases, close contact detection and active case detection," Dr Noor Hisham said.

He added that there were also delays in reporting using the Public Health Laboratory System by registered private facilities such as clinics and private hospitals.

He said the MOH will work with all relevant parties so that the issue of delay in reporting these positive cases can be addressed immediately to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

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