KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 — Malaysia continued to see an uptick in new Covid-19 infections with 3,270 cases over the past 24 hours compared to 2,842 cases yesterday.

In a Twitter post, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country’s cumulative Covid-19 cases now number 2,773,156 since the pandemic began two years ago.

“From the 3,270 cases today, 3,018 cases reported locally involved 2,916 Malaysians and 102 foreigners

“While the remaining 252 cases were imported involving 222 Malaysian and 30 foreigners,” he said in a statement.

Dr Noor Hisham said that 257 patients required treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 197 cases confirmed with Covid-19 while the remaining 60 cases are suspected, possible or still under investigation for Covid-19.

“137 patients required respiratory support with 89 confirmed Covid-19 cases while the balance are suspected, possible, or still under investigation of Covid-19,” he added.

He said of the 3,270 cases reported today, 69 cases are in Category 3, 4, and 5 while 3,201 case are in Category 1 and 2.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that Malaysia’s Covid-19 infectivity rate is currently at 0.99.

“Sabah and Kelantan topped the list among the states by recording R0 value of 1.01 and 1.00 respectively while Sarawak recorded the lowest with 0.78,” he said.

He also said four new Covid-19 clusters were reported in the last 24 hours bringing the total active clusters to 195.

As for flood mitigation efforts Dr Noor Hisham said there are 147 temporary relief centres (PPS) operating in six states (Pahang, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor and Sabah.

“No new Covid-19 cases or clusters reported in any of the PPS,” he said.

Apart from that, the ministry found 32 cases of acute respiratory infections, 20 individuals with skin disease and six cases of acute gastroenteritis.