KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 24 — With 1,581 new Covid-19 cases reported today, Malaysia’s cumulative tally notched up 100,318 coronavirus infections as of today, 334 days since the virus first hit the country on January 25.
Malaysia is now in the 75th highest position in terms of the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases, higher than countries like China, Singapore, and Ireland. Malaysia is very close to rising to 74th rank if it surpasses Paraguay, which has currently 101,544 total coronavirus infections.
Myanmar, one of the ASEAN countries that has a higher number of cumulative Covid-19 cases (117,946) than Malaysia, has 288.61 biweekly cases per million people as of December 23, compared to Malaysia’s 694.31 biweekly cases per million people.
Over the past one month, there has only been twice in which Malaysia reported three-digit cases, which was on December 2 (851 cases) and on December 9 with 959 cases. The rest of the days, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has only been reporting four-digit cases.
Over the past one month, the average number of daily cases reported nationwide has been continuously rising. From the period of November 27 to December 3 (week one), to the period of December 18 to December 24 (week four), the average number of daily cases has increased by 33.95 per cent from 1,193 cases to 1,598 cases.
Today, the highest percentage of cases were reported in the Klang Valley, 874 cases, which is 55.3 per cent from the total number of 1,581 cases. The average daily Covid-19 cases have been on the rise since November 27 in the Klang Valley. The average number of daily cases increased by 78.7 per cent this week, as compared to between November 27 to December 3.
According to the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), it is projected that by the end of February, Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases will be at least 5,000 cases daily. It even projected that on January 1, Malaysia will be recording a daily tally of 4,176 infections.
Currently, there are 18,773 active cases, including 102 of them in the intensive care unit and 45 of them on ventilator support.
The death toll due to Covid-19 has increased to 446, as two new casualties were reported today.
The breakdown of Covid-19 cases according to states is as below:
- Sabah: 249 cases
- Selangor: 491 cases
- Kuala Lumpur: 379 cases
- Negri Sembilan: 144 cases
- Johor: 115 cases
- Penang: 37 cases
- Perak: 26 cases
- Kedah: four cases
- Labuan: 26 cases
- Sarawak: two cases
- Pahang: 12 cases
- Melaka: 76 cases
- Kelantan: nine cases
- Terengganu: seven cases
- Putrajaya: four cases