Pre-Endemic day 292: Covid19 new daily case reports at 350

PUTRAJAYA, 18 Jan 2023:

After three straight days of staying below 300 Covid19 daily new case reports, the latest 24 hours under review saw 350 persons record positive tests – with four imported cases – to raise the nation’s tally to 5,033,254 infections.

Worryingly, most of the new infections are among those who had already received boosted vaccinations (234) or fully vaccinated (71). Unvaccinated persons numbered 41 and four partially vaccinated.

Selangor (128) reported the most new cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (81), Johor (20), Melaka (19), Sarawak (18), Kedah (14) and Terengganu (10). Single digits were recorded in Negeri Sembilan (8), Sabah (8), Penang (7), Kelantan (5), Pahang (5), Putrajaya (4), Labuan (2) and Perlis (2).

The 349 discharges were just outpaced by new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,986,008 (99%) while active cases dipped by four to 10,327 – with 9,901 (95.9%) in home quarantine, 410 (4%) hospitalised and none at Low-Risk Covid19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC).

Numbers at intensive care units dropped to 16 Covid19 patients, with eight needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid19 added five more fatalities to raise the death toll to 36,919 – with another two brought-in-dead cases raising this subtotal to 7,865 casualties. The deaths involved three boosted persons and two unvaccinated.