Covid-19: Malaysia logs 3,847 new infections, pushing active cases past 50,000 mark for first time

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 6): Malaysia logged 3,847 new Covid-19 cases today — marking two consecutive days of daily infections staying above the 3,000 mark — bringing the country’s cumulative cases up to 238,721.

As new recoveries came in lower than new infections today at 1,692, this pushed active cases — which carry high transmission risk — past the 50,000 mark for the first time to 50,894, according to Ministry of Health (MoH) director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.

Twelve more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded, bringing the country's total fatalities so far to 857. Three deaths were reported in Sabah, followed by another three in Johor, two in Kuala Lumpur and two in Melaka, while one death each was reported in Selangor and Kelantan.

The deceased were seven men and five women aged between 38 and 84 years.  

Among the new infections, four were imported cases, while 3,843 were local transmissions, said Noor Hisham.

Among the locally-transmitted cases, he said, 2,569 cases involved Malaysians, while 1,274 were foreigners.

State-wise, Selangor continued to top the list with the most Covid-19 cases at 1,481, followed by Johor with 585 cases, and Kuala Lumpur at 402.

A total of 133 cases were linked to Covid-19 clusters related to prisons, lock-ups and immigration depot centres, namely the Tembok Renggam cluster in Johor with 34 cases; the Tembok Sungai Udang cluster in Melaka (33 cases); the Tembok Pengkalan Chepa cluster in Kelantan (22); the Jalan Harapan prison cluster in Selangor (16); the Tembok Taiping cluster in Perak (16); the Tembok Gajah cluster in Johor (eight); the Tembok Mempaga cluster in Pahang (three); and the Seberang Perai prison cluster in Penang (one).

Currently, 305 Covid-19 patients were being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), with 139 of them needing ventilators to breathe.

To date, the number of discharged patients who had recovered from the outbreak stood at 186,970.

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