KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — The Health Ministry (MoH) recorded 3,490 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the cumulative number of infections since the pandemic hit here to 2,691,639

Today’s number is the lowest since May 4, and is the first time daily cases have gone below 4,000 cases since May 16.

Earlier today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also revealed that the infectivity rate or R-naught (Rt) value is 0.97 — where it has been since December 8.

Of the new cases reported today, 2 per cent or 69 people were placed under Categories 3, 4 and 5 that require hospitalisation.

There are currently 407 patients warded in Covid-19 intensive care units (ICUs) nationwide — of which 341 are suspected but yet to be confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Meanwhile, 5,399 patients recovered from the virus increasing the country’s recovery rate slightly, to 96.7 per cent.

Another two new clusters were identified today, bringing the number of active clusters to 243.

Perlis topped today’s list with an Rt of 1.05, followed by Melaka (1.03), and then Penang and Negri Sembilan (1.02 each).

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur had an Rt of 0.98, with Selangor close behind at 0.97

The lowest Rt was registered in Sarawak, at 0.73.