KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — The Health Ministry recorded another 4,262 Covid-19 cases in the country today. 

This follows a steady decline in new Covid-19 cases since December 1, and down 36 cases from yesterday’s 4,298. 

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of Covid-19 cases detected in Malaysia was now 2,663,034. 

“Of the 4,262 new cases today, only 78 cases or 1.8 per cent are in category 3, 4 and 5, which require hospitalisation.

“The remaining 4,184 or 98.2 per cent of the cases are in category 1 and 2, which only require quarantine either at home or at a facility,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said that there are currently 463 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU), with 359 of them confirmed positive with Covid-19 and 104 cases are suspected cases, probabilities and cases under investigation.

He added that out of the 463, 249 of them require ventilator support, 163 patients confirmed positive for Covid-19 and 68 cases are suspected, probabilities and cases under investigation.

On a brighter note, Dr Noor Hisham shared that 5,894 people have recovered from the deadly disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 2,572,053.

He said that five new Covid-19 clusters have also been identified today. This brings the number of active Covid-19 clusters to 234.

He added that Malaysia’s rate of infection currently stands at 0.98, with Perlis, Melaka and Perak being the states with the highest infectivity rate, at 1.12, 1.04 and 1.01 respectively.