Post-MCO day 100: Covid-19 daily new cases at 3,245 & 17 new clusters

PUTRAJAYA, 18 Jan 2022:

Daily new Covid-19 cases have swung above the 3,000 mark again as 3,245 persons tested positive over the past 24 hours to raise Malaysia’s tally to 2,813,934 infections.

Still reporting most new cases is Selangor (679), followed by Johor (464), Kedah (403), Kuala Lumpur (322), Kelantan (295), Penang (201), Sabah (201), Negeri Sembilan (171), Pahang (167), Melaka (13), Perak (86), Terengganu (68), Putrajaya (18), Sarawak (16), Perlis (11) and Labuan (10).

Imported cases stood at 274, inclusive of 89 foreigners, while local transmissions were made up of 2,882 Malaysians (97%) and 89 non-citizens.

Active cases fell 581 to 40,618 yesterday – with 33,584 (82.7%) in home quarantine, 3,762 (9.3%) at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres and 3,088 (7.6%) hospitalised.

Numbers are steady at intensive care units with 128 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 55 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 52 confirmed Covid-19 cases (plus another 32 suspected).

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added 16 more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 31,809 – inclusive of another two brought-in-dead cases kept this subtotal at 6,417 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

The active clusters number stands at 188 out of 6,235 identified todate as another 17 were added today – with 11 being education related.

These education clusters are in Johor (Perdana Empat Kulai), Kedah (Dah Jalan Pantai Kuala Muda, Dah Penyarum Pendang & Dah Teluk Teduri Baling), Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Dataran Wangsa 2 Titiwangsa & Jalan Yaacob Latif Cheras), Melaka (Jalan Kemendor Jasin), Pahang (Amalina Lestari Raub & Ketapang Tengah Pekan), Sabah (Puri Ranau), Selangor (Jalan Sepintas Bagan Terap Sabak Bernam).

The remainder are a high-risk group in Johor (Jalan Kasturi Sembilan JB), a religious cluster in Johor (Jalan Sukun Kahang Kluang) plus four workplace clusters in Kelantan (Lorong Miel Kota Bharu), Labuan (Lorong Bunga Tanjung), Negeri Sembilan (Segenting Bunga), Perak (Industri Ringan Sungai Siput 2 Kuala Kangsar).