Post-MCO day 105: Covid-19 daily new cases at 3,856, with 492 imported

PUTRAJAYA, 23 Jan 2022:

Continuing to outpace daily recoveries the 3,856 persons who tested positive over the past 24 hours have raised Malaysia’s tally to 2,832,945 infections.

Imported cases remain high at 492, inclusive of 114 foreigners, while local transmissions were made up of 3,236 Malaysians (96.2%) and 128 non-citizens. Of this total, 35 (0.9%) had to be hospitalised.

Still leading with most new cases is Selangor (1,063), followed by Johor (524), Kuala Lumpur (379), Kedah (289), Pahang (264), Negeri Sembilan (258), Kelantan (223), Penang (206), Melaka (201), Sabah (172), Perak (159), Terengganu (56), Putrajaya (25), Sarawak (14), Perlis (13) and Labuan (10).

Outpaced by new cases the 2,814 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,755,933 (97.3%) as active cases shot up 1,244 to 44,088 – with 37,167 (84.3%) in home quarantine, 3,890 (8.8%) at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres and 2,890 (6.6%) hospitalised.

Numbers have steadied at intensive care units with 121 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 22 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 43 confirmed Covid-19 cases (plus another 10 suspected).

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added 14 more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 31,882 – but there were no brought-in-dead cases as this subtotal stayed at 6,426 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

According to the Health Ministry’s latest daily report, the infectivity rate (Rt), has shot up to 1.07 nationwide – with high rates registered in Negeri Sembilan (1.13), Kedah (1.09), Kuala Lumpur (1.09), Melaka (1.08), Johor (1.07), Putrajaya (1.04), Penang (1.03) and Selangor (1.03).

Active clusters have risen to 235 out of 6,306 identified so far as another 13 were added today – with only one workplace cluster in Johor (Batu 3 Tampoi) while the remainder 12 are education-linked.

These education clusters are:

  • 5 in Kelantan (Jalan Masjid Pasir Mas, Jalan Pulai Gua Musang, Jalan Utama Bandar Chiku Gua Musang, Kampung Bunut Sarang Burung 2 and Kampung Perol Kota Bharu),
  • 2 in Selangor (Cahaya Seksyen 11 Petaling and Jalan Semenyih Asa Jaya Hulu Langat),
  • 1 each in Johor (Persiaran Sri Bendahara Segamat), Negeri Sembilan (Jalan Pintas Teluk Kemang Rembau), Pahang (Jalan Medang Bentong), Penang (Permatang Binjai Perai) and Perak (Jalan Sultan Ahmaddin Shah Perak Tengah).