KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Jan 2021:
There was a slight drop in the number of daily Covid-19 positive cases in the country today – with 3,048 cases compared to 3,346 yesterday and 4,275 on Saturday, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Of the total, he said eight were import cases while the remaining 3,040 were local transmissions. This took the total number of infections in the country to 186,849 cases, he said in a statement on daily Covid-19 developments.
He said there were 3,638 recoveries today, while 11 fatalities were recorded – with three in Sabah, two each in Selangor and Sarawak and one each in Kelantan, Pahang, Perak and Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Noor Hisham said there are now 41,076 active cases in the country, with 261 being treated in the intensive care unit and 101 of them requiring respiratory assistance.
Selangor reported the highest number of cases today, with 1,035, followed by Johor (529) and Sabah (348).
He said the Ministry of Health also identified 13 new clusters today involving eight workplace-linked clusters, three community clusters and two risk-group clusters.
Of the eight workplace clusters, three were detected in Selangor, two in Johor and one each in Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu.
As for the community clusters, one was detected in Johor and two in Pahang while one risk-group cluster each was detected in Melaka and Kelantan.
Meanwhile, a number of private hospitals in Penang have started receiving Covid-19 patients to lessen the burden of government hospitals in fighting the pandemic.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang State Health Department (JKNPP) was still having further discussions with other medical centres and several agencies for Covid-19 screening and treatment of various categories of patients.
“The government is also looking at a new location for a Covid-19 Low-Risk Treatment and Quarantine Centre,” he said in a statement today.