Post-MCO day 93: Recoveries outpaced by 3,175 new daily Covid-19 cases

PUTRAJAYA, 11 Jan 2022:

The flip-flopping Covid-19 situation continued with daily recoveries again outpaced by 3,175 persons testing positive over the past 24 hours to raise Malaysia’s tally to 2,792,035 infections.

In the lead with most new cases is Selangor (662), followed by Kelantan (393), Johor (318), Kuala Lumpur (290), Kedah (280), Sabah (253), Penang (197), Melaka (186), Pahang (178), Negeri Sembilan (151), Perak (113), Terengganu (88), Putrajaya (46), Sarawak (22), Perlis (12) and Labuan (6).

Imported cases remain high at 272, including 48 foreigners, while local transmissions involved 2,745 Malaysians (94.6%) and 158 non-citizens. Of this total, 60 persons (1.9%) had to be hospitalised.

Outpaced by new cases, the 2,977 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,720,399 (97.4%) as active cases reduced by 185 to 39,742 – with 32,517 (81.8%) in home quarantine, 3,583 (9%) at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres and 3,389 (8.5%) hospitalised.

Significant drops were recorded at intensive care units with 200 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 29 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 68 confirmed Covid-19 cases (plus another 31 suspected).

The sad statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added 18 more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 31,696 – inclusive of another two brought-in-dead cases to raise this subtotal to 6,392 casualties. There is a backlog of over a week in confirming Covid-19 deaths due to testing priority given to healing the living.

There was a surprising jump of nine new clusters identified today to bring the active number to 178 out of 6,176 identified todate – including an import cluster in Kedah (Dah Kampung Pegawai Saudi Kota Setar) plus two education-related also in Kedah (Dah Bukit Kayu Kubang Pasu and Dah Che Bema Kuala Muda).

Another two high-risk groups were reported in Johor (Jalan Remia Kota Tinggit) and Pahang (Bunga Raya Karak Bentong), two community clusters in Kelantan (Kampung Galang Machang and Jalan Kadir Adabi Kota Bharu) plus two workplace clusters in Melaka (Industri Jalan Usaha Satu Merlimau) and Selangor (Jalan City A Sepang).

In its daily update, the Health Ministry also said 91 more delta (B.1.617.2) variant infections had been detected over the period of Jan 3-10, together with eight more omicron (B.1.1.529) variant cases. The omicron variant cases involved five returning from Saudi Arabia, a traveller from Turkey and two local transmissions.

Overall, Malaysia has so far recorded:

  • 5,240 delta variant cases;
  • 253 omicron variant cases,
  • 233 beta variant cases,
  • 14 alpha variant cases, plus
  • 13 theta variant cases,
  • 4 kappa variant cases, and
  • 3 eta variant cases.