Malaysia records 4,284 new Covid-19 cases, 18 deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 3): Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll rose past the 800-mark to 809, after 18 fatalities were reported today.

The death toll reported today is the second highest, which is similar to the number recorded about two weeks ago on Jan 22. Yesterday was the deadliest day in the country after logging in 21 deaths.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today that five of the deaths today were reported in Selangor, three each in Sarawak and Negeri Sembilan, two in Perak, and one each in Melaka, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Sabah.

All were Malaysians except one foreigner, comprising 11 men and seven women aged between 31 and 93 years old.

New infections recorded today totalled 4,284, pushing the cumulative positive Covid-19 cases in the country to 226,912.  

Selangor was the highest daily case contributor today with 1,572 cases, representing 36.7% of the latest confirmed infections.

This was followed by Johor with 964 cases, Kuala Lumpur (651), Sabah (190), Sarawak (148), Negeri Sembilan (133), Kedah (124), Pulau Pinang (122), and Perak (106).

Selangor leads with the highest cumulative infections to date with 72,013 cases, followed by Sabah (49,610), Kuala Lumpur (27,573), Johor (24,298) and Negeri Sembilan (11,953 cases).

Of the new cases, 122 cases, or 2.8%, were related to clusters linked to prisons, lock-ups and immigration depots, namely the Tembok Mempaga cluster (54 cases), Tembok Pengkalan Chepa cluster (41), Tembok Bukit Besi cluster (14), Tembok Sungai Udang cluster (5), Seberang Perai prison cluster (4), Tembok Taiping cluster (2), Jalan Harapan prison cluster (1), and DTI Sepang cluster (1).

Meanwhile, 3,804 more patients recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours, raising total recoveries to 177,794 or 78.4% of overall infections. Active cases that carry transmission risks stayed above the 40,000-mark for the 15th day, with a total of 48,309 cases.

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