Post-MCO day 96: Malaysia’s Covid-19 tally passes 2.8 million with 3,346 new cases

PUTRAJAYA, 14 Jan 2022:

Malaysia’s Covid-19 infection tally passed 2.8 million as 3,346 more persons tested positive over the past 24 hours to bring the case total to 2,802,263.

Still reporting the highest number of new cases is Selangor (1,006), followed by Johor (380), Kuala Lumpur (280), Kelantan (270), Sabah (244), Pahang (204), Penang (198), Kedah (178), Melaka (166), Negeri Sembilan (157), Perak (137), Terengganu (56), Putrajaya (34), Perlis (15), Sarawak (13) and Labuan (8).

Imported cases remain high at 267, inclusive of 71 foreigners, while local transmissions were made up of 2,941 Malaysians (95.5%) and 138 non-citizens. Of this total, 49 persons (1.5%) needed hospitalisation.

Outpaced by new cases for the second day running, the 3,052 discharges brought total recoveries to 2,729,943 as active cases rose 380 to 40,276 – with 33,075 (82.1%) in home quarantine, 3,660 (9.1%) at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres and 3,343 (8.3%) hospitalised.

There was an uptick at intensive care units with 159 confirmed Covid-19 patients (plus 45 more suspected) and among those needing breathing aids with 64 confirmed Covid-19 cases (plus another 31 suspected).

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added 12 more confirmed fatalities to bring the death toll to 31,750. The brought-in-dead number remains at 6,407 cases with no additions. The backlog in Covid-19 death confirmations is about a week due to priority given to healing the living.

The active clusters number stands at 172 out of 6,195 identified so far as another three were added today – a workplace cluster in Johor (Medini Tiga JB), an education-related in Kelantan (Embi Telipot Kota Bharu) and a community cluster in Selangor (Lorong Satu Sekinchan Sabak Bernam).

The latest Health Ministry daily update also announced the detection of another 486 Covid-19 delta variant cases between Jan 10 and 14 – largely in Sarawak – but no new omicron variant cases. This brings the tally of variant detections to:

  • 5,726 delta cases,
  • 253 omicron cases,
  • 233 beta cases,
  • 14 alpha cases; plus
  • 13 theta cases,
  • 4 kappa cases and
  • 3 eta cases.