Malaysia Hits 3,000 New Covid-19 Cases

Another new 24-hour record today of 3,027 Covid-19 cases on January 7, after yesterday’s daily high of 2,593 infections.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 — Malaysia has continued to break daily Covid-19 records, reporting 3,027 new infections today, surpassing yesterday’s historic high of 2,593 cases.

Six of today’s reported cases were imported, leaving 3,021 local transmissions. A total of 128,465 Covid-19 cases have been reported so far during the Malaysian epidemic. Active Covid-19 cases number 25,221.

Of the 3,021 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, Malaysians comprised more than half (52.2 per cent) with 1,577 cases, while foreigners made up the remaining 1,444 cases.

Eight new Covid-19 fatalities were reported today, pushing the total death toll to 521. The first ever Covid-19 death in Putrajaya was reported today — a 38-year-old Malaysian man who had a history of diabetes and chronic kidney disease. A 60-year-old foreign woman in Sabah, who previously suffered hypertension, was brought in dead.

Nine new clusters were reported today in Johor, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Sarawak. There are currently 254 active clusters nationwide monitored by the Ministry of Health.

Johor reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country today with 1,103 infections (36.4 per cent), followed by Selangor’s 706 cases (23.3 per cent) and Sabah’s 493 cases (16.3 per cent).

Clusters from lock-ups, immigration detention centres, and prisons contributed to 63 Covid-19 cases, or 2.1 per cent of overall infections today.

A total of 142 Covid-19 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), including 63 on ventilator support.

Today’s 24-hour record of 3,027 coronavirus cases, seven days into January, comes six days later than the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) projection of 2,987 cases on 1 January. The IHME projected more than 5,000 daily Covid-19 cases in Malaysia from 25 February.

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