Post-MCO day 103: Covid-19 new cases at 4,046, with 489 imported

PUTRAJAYA, 21 Jan 2022:

Daily new Covid-19 cases today rose above the 4,000 mark for the first time in five weeks, when there were 4,083 reported on Dec 18 – as 4,046 persons tested positive over the past 24 hours to raise Malaysia’s tally to 2,824,973 infections.

Imported cases were high at 489, inclusive of 101 foreigners, while local transmissions were made up of 3,449 Malaysians (97%) and 108 non-citizens.

Still reporting the highest number of new cases is Selangor (964), followed by Johor (444), Kuala Lumpur (425), Kelantan (356), Negeri Sembilan (340), Kedah (315), Penang (310), Pahang (226), Sabah (176), Perak (166), Terengganu (52), Putrajaya (46) and Sarawak (14).

Far outpaced by new cases, the 2,804 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,750,261 (97.4%) as active cases rose by 488 to 41,617 – with 34,722 (83.4%) in home quarantine, 4,048 (9.7%) at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres and 2,687 (6.5%) hospitalised.

Numbers have dipped at intensive care units with 120 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 29 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 49 confirmed Covid-19 cases (plus another 22 suspected).

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added 22 more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 31,853 – inclusive of another five brought-in-dead cases to raise this subtotal to 6,425 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

Active clusters stand at 220 out of 6,284 identified todate as another 12 were added today – with only one being workplace related in Selangor (Jalan Pantai Bagan Sabak Bernam).

The remainder 11 education clusters are:

  • 2 in Kelantan (Jalan Pangkal Kalong Kota Bharu and Kampung Tujuh Tumpat),
  • 2 in Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Empat Teratai Titiwangsa and Kasturi Sungai Besi Cheras),
  • 3 in Negeri Sembilan (Bukit Merbah Seremban, Jalan Pantai Cunningham Port Dickson and Paya Utama Port Dickson
  • 2 in Pahang (KM 4 Jalan Kuala Lumpur Bentong and Simpang Sepayang Rompin),
  • 1 each in Johor (Tampok Benut Pontian and Selangor (Selekoh Batu Empat Sabak Bernam.