KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 — Malaysia recorded another 4,083 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 2,715,847. 

This is a drop of 279 cases as compared to yesterday’s 4,362. 

In a later statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stated that only 69 cases out of today’s total are in Categories Three, Four and Five ― which require hospitalisation. 

“There are currently 391 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU) nationwide, with 341 of them confirmed positive for Covid-19, while the remaining 77 are either suspected, probable or under investigation for Covid-19. 

“Out of that 391, 215 need ventilators to help them breathe, which consist of 145 confirmed positive cases and 70 who are either suspected, probable or under investigation for Covid-19,” he said. 

Dr Noor Hisham added that 34 of today’s cases were imported into the country from overseas, involving 27 locals and seven foreigners. 

Three new Covid-19 clusters were also identified today, bringing the total number of clusters in the country to 6,077. 

The three new clusters also bring the number of active clusters in the country right now to 252. 

Dr Noor Hisham also highlighted that Malaysia’s rate of infectivity today stands at 0.91, with Negri Sembilan, Penang and Pahang holding the top spots for highest rate of infection by state at 1.0 each.