KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 ― The Ministry of Health (MoH) has recorded the country’s new Covid-19 cases breaking the 7,000-case mark for the first time this year today, after logging 7,324 infections in the last 24 hours.

The last time Malaysia recorded daily Covid-19 cases above the 7,000-mark was on October 16 last year after recording 7,509 that day.

The latest figure represents a marked increase of 1,604 cases from the 5,720 new infections recorded yesterday.

It also brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country, since the start of the pandemic, to 2,895,014.

This comes as yesterday, the Health Ministry said that the severity of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is currently its prime concern following the emergence of the Omicron variant rather than the number of daily infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also disclosed that only 73 or 1.0 per cent of cases reported today were in Categories 3, 4 and 5 that required hospitalisation.

“There are currently 118 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU), of which 37 are suspected, probable or under investigation for Covid-19.

“Out of these 118, 57 need ventilators to help them breathe, including 34 who are confirmed as Covid-19 positive,” he said.

He added that 21 new clusters were also detected over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 346.

He said that Malaysia’s rate of infection currently stands at 1.11, with Perlis being the state with the highest infectivity rate, at 1.25.