Post-MCO day 54: Covid-19 daily recoveries again lag 5,551 new cases

PUTRAJAYA, 3 Dec 2021:

The seesawing of Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation today saw recoveries being outpaced once more as the 5,551 persons testing positive over the past 24 hours brought the nation’s tally to 2,649,578 infections.

Selangor continued reporting the highest daily number at 1,719, followed by Kelantan (559), Johor (421), Kedah (388), Sabah (374), Kuala Lumpur (362), Pahang (319), Penang (291), Perak (248), Terengganu (229), Melaka (226), Negeri Sembilan (219), Sarawak (106), Perlis (49), Putrajaya (35) and Labuan (6).

There were 14 Malaysians among the 23 imported cases, local transmissions involved 5,304 citizens (95.9%) and 224 foreigners. Of this total, 78 persons (1.4%) had to be hospitalised.

Outpaced by new cases, the 5,301 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,556,554 (96.5%) as active cases fell by 1,487 to 62,253 – with 50,358 (80.9%) in home quarantine, 6,346 (10.2%) at Low-Risk Covid-19 Treatment and Quarantine Centres and 5,038 (8.1%) hospitalised.

Numbers remain steady at intensive care units with 362 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 137 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 157 confirmed Covid-19 cases (plus another 112 suspected).

The sad statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added 47 more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 30,521 – inclusive of another 12 brought-in-dead cases to raise this subtotal to 6.177 casualties. A backlog remains of Covid-19 death confirmations due to testing priority in healing the living.

The identification of six new clusters meant the active number stayed steady at 228 out of 5,965 identified todate.

Also, Malaysia has detected its first case of the the omicron variant in a foreign student who arrived from South Africa two weeks ago.

The Ministry of Health said that affected person was asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and complied with home quarantine regulations.

“It’s important to note that this case came in to Malaysia on 19 November BEFORE South Africa reported the first detected [omicron] case to @WHO,” Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wrote on Twitter.

“After we found out about omicron we went back to do genomic tests on all positive cases from KLIA between 11 and 28 November to see if it is already here. That’s how we detected the case.”