Covid-19: Malaysia records 4,571 new cases, another 17 deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 4): Malaysia logged in 4,571 new Covid-19 cases within the past 24 hours as of noon today. The coronavirus killed 17 more, including two foreigners, in the country.  

Malaysia's total cumulative cases climbed to 231,483 and the death toll increased to 826, said the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Most notably, 2,056 cases, or 45% of total new infections today, were in Selangor, pushing the State’s cumulative cases to 74,069 so far. This is followed by Johor with 664 more cases today, Kuala Lumpur (481) and Sarawak (270).

MOH Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today that the tally of active cases which carry high transmission risks climbed to a fresh high of 48,771, as the number of recoveries came in lower than new infections at 4,092.

Cumulative recoveries now stand at 181,886, or a recovery rate of 78.6% of total cumulative Covid-19 cases.

It is worth noting that active cases in the country have remained above the 10,000-mark for more than three months since Nov 3, 2020. The figure has stayed above the 40,000-level since Jan 20.  

A total of 308 patients are currently being treated in intensive care units with 135 of them requiring breathing assistance, Dr Noor Hisham said.

Of the new cases today, 237 cases, or 5.2%, were related to clusters linked to prisons, lock-ups and immigration depots, namely the Tembok Taiping cluster (79 new cases), Jalan Sungai Jelok prison cluster (65), Tembok Renggam cluster (44), Tembok Mempaga cluster (38), Tembok Sungai Udang cluster (4), Jalan Harapan prison cluster (3), Tembok Bukit Besi cluster (2), Tembok Pengkalan Chepa cluster (1), Matambai cluster (1), and Kepayan prison cluster (1).

Three of the new cases today were imported, while a total of 3,176 or 69.5% of the locally transmitted cases involved Malaysians, and 1,392 cases or 30.5% comprised foreigners.

Dr Noor Hisham added that four of the 17 deaths registered today were reported in Selangor, three each in Sabah and Sarawak, two each in Johor and Pahang, and one each in Kelantan, Melaka, and Negeri Sembilan.  

"The MoH extends its condolences to all their family members," he said.

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