Pre-Endemic day 291: Covid19 new daily case reports at 227

PUTRAJAYA, 17 Jan 2023:

Malaysia’s Covid19 situation continued below the 300 mark as 227 persons recorded positive tests in the latest 24 hours under review – with four imported cases – to raise the nation’s tally to 5,032,904 infections.

Worryingly, most of the new infections are among those who had already received boosted vaccinations (159) or fully vaccinated (41). Unvaccinated persons numbered 25 and two partially vaccinated.

Selangor (69) reported the most new cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (33), Johor (18), Perak (16), Kedah (15), Sarawak (14), Kelantan (13), Melaka (13) and Terengganu (10). Single digits were recorded in Sabah (8), Negeri Sembilan (7), Penang (4), Putrajaya (4) and Pahang (3). Labuan and Perlis recorded none for the second straight day.

The 367 discharges outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,985,659 (99%) while active cases dropped by 146 to 10,331 – with 9,853 (95.4%) in home quarantine, 457 (4.4%) hospitalised and none at Low-Risk Covid19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC).

Numbers at intensive care units stood at 21 Covid19 patients, with nine needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid19 added six more fatalities to raise the death toll to 36,914 – with another two brought-in-dead cases raising this subtotal to 7,863 casualties. The deaths involved four boosted persons and two unvaccinated.