Post-MCO day 106: Covid-19 daily new cases at 3,214, with 406 imported

PUTRAJAYA, 24 Jan 2022:

Covid-19 cases in Malaysia continue to rise with another 3,214 persons testing positive over the past 24 hours to raise the nation’s tally to 2,836,159 infections.

Imported cases remain high at 406, inclusive of 99 foreigners, while local transmissions were made up of 2,707 Malaysians (96.4%) and 101 non-citizens.

Still reporting the highest number of new cases is Selangor (816), followed by Johor (450), Kedah (395), Kuala Lumpur (249), Negeri Sembilan (238), Kelantan (231), Penang (222), Pahang (184), Perak (120), Sabah (118), Melaka (80), Terengganu (66), Putrajaya (32), Sarawak (7), Perlis (4) and Labuan (2).

Still outpaced by new cases, the 3,116 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,759,049 (97.3%) as active cases shot up another 1,033 to 45,120 – with 37,491 (83.1%) in home quarantine, 4,644 (10.3%) at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres and 2,842 (6.3%) hospitalised.

Numbers have steadied at intensive care units with 112 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 34 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 40 confirmed Covid-19 cases (plus another 25 suspected).

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added nine more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 31,892 – inclusive of one brought-in-dead case to raise subtotal to 6,428 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 further shot up to 1.08 nationwide – with high rates registered in Negeri Sembilan (1.14), Kuala Lumpur (1.09), Kedah (1.08), Melaka (1.08), Johor (1.08), Putrajaya (1.05), Selangor (1.04), Penang (1.02) and Pahang (1.02).

Active clusters stand at 234 out of 6,315 identified so far as another nine were added today – with five being education clusters and four workplace-related.

The education clusters are in Kedah (Dah Batu 16 Yan and Dah Jalan Stadium Kota Setar), Kelantan (Jalan Lepah Pasir Puteh and Jalan Merbau Kota Bharu) and Melaka (Jalan Pengkalan Batu).

The workplace clusters are in Johor (Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar JB), Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Ampang 99 and Jalan Bukit Jalil Indah) and Pahang (Jalan Maran Batu Satu Temerloh).