Malaysia hits another record high with 3,337 new Covid-19 cases, 15 deaths reported

Health officers conduct the Covid-19 antigen rapid test at Laurent Bleu, CMC Centre Cheras January 11, 2021. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Health officers conduct the Covid-19 antigen rapid test at Laurent Bleu, CMC Centre Cheras January 11, 2021. — Picture by Choo Choy May

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PETALING JAYA, Jan 14 — Malaysia today reported a new high of 3,337 Covid-19 daily infections, while 15 deaths have been reported nationwide in the past 24 hours.

The Health Ministry said 1,036 cases were reported in Selangor alone and 257 in Kuala Lumpur, both of which are now placed under the movement control order (MCO).

Johor recorded 460 cases followed by Sabah at 389 cases.

The 15 Covid-19 deaths have taken the country’s death toll to 578.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today said the number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia now stands at 33,989, with 147,855 total confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

He said of the 3,337 cases, seven were imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions.

Other states that also reported infections are Penang (234), Sarawak (180), Negri Sembilan (169), Pahang (113), Perak (92) Terengganu (89), Kedah (86), Kelantan (85), Melaka (85), Labuan (34), Putrajaya (24) and Perlis (4).

On recoveries, Dr Noor Hisham said 1,710 Covid-19 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours which means 113,288 people in the country have recovered from the virus.

Currently, there are 195 patients in intensive care, with 86 requiring ventilator support.

On the latest death toll, the health director-general said the 15 fatalities involved 13 Malaysians and two foreigners.

“Eight deaths were reported in Sabah, three in Selangor, two in Johor and one each in Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya,” he said, adding that 14 of them had preexisting health conditions such as diabetes, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, obesity and dementia.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry has detected seven new Covid-19 clusters in Kuala Lumpur and four states.

They are the Jalan Selayang cluster in Selangor; the Tropika and Pasir Barat clusters in Johor; the Dutamas construction site and Jalan Pahang clusters in Kuala Lumpur; Jalan Rantau-Siliau cluster in Negri Sembilan; and Intan Mas cluster in Perak.

*A previous version of this story inadvertenly stated the number of Covid-19 daily infections as 3,377. It has since been corrected to 3,337.

 

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