KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 — Malaysia’s average daily Covid-19 cases have increased by 322.6 per cent in the past two weeks compared to the beginning of October.
From October 1 till October 14 last year, the average daily Covid-19 cases seen was only 451 cases. However, from last December 23 to January 6 during year-end holidays, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has been reporting 1,907 cases a day on average.
Since October 1, there has been an increasing trend of average daily Covid-19 cases, except between November 26 and December 9, when there was a slight dip in the average daily Covid-19 cases.
The nation’s average daily Covid-19 cases increased by 88.4 per cent from the first two weeks of October to the last two weeks of October. Then, the average daily Covid-19 cases increased by 12.9 per cent in the next fortnight from October 29 to November 11. The average daily coronavirus infections again increased, by 26.6 per cent, in the subsequent fortnight between November 12 and November 25.
However, average daily Covid-19 cases decreased by 3.2 per cent in the following two weeks of November 26 to December 9, but rose again by 36.6 per cent the subsequent fortnight from December 10 till December 23.
As compared to December 10 to December 23, the average daily Covid-19 cases increased again by 18.8 per cent in the next two weeks from December 24 till January 6.
Yesterday, MOH reported the highest ever daily tally with 2,593 positive Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number of infections to 125,438. In just 13 days since Malaysia hit the 100,000 cumulative mark on December 24 last year, MOH has reported 25,030 additional positive cases.
Selangor contributed to the highest number of yesterday’s daily Covid-19 cases in the country with 965 new infections, translating to 37.2 per cent of yesterday’s daily tally.
Unlike the beginning of the third wave where a high number of Covid-19 cases were recorded in Sabah, over the past few weeks since the end of November, a major proportion of the country’s infections have been reported in the Klang Valley.
From the 125,438 total Covid-19 cases reported nationwide so far, 92.67 per cent (116,248) were close contacts and patients-under-investigation, 5.08 per cent from Malaysia’s largest cluster, Teratai cluster (6,374), 1.0 per cent surveillance cases (1,264), and 1.24 per cent (1,552) imported cases.
Since December 10, Malaysia has been recording four-digit Covid-19 cases every day continuously.
The US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), whose projections are used by the Trump administration, has predicted that Malaysia will be seeing over 5,000 daily cases from February 25.
With 24,347 active Covid-19 cases currently, the government is now considering quarantining asymptomatic cases at home.
According to Health Minister Dr Adham Baba, Malaysia had a total of 25,456 beds for Covid-19 patients in hospitals and low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) nationwide as of December 23. MOH may have since increased the number of beds for Covid-19 patients in the PKRC, anticipating the rising number of active cases.