KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases reached another milestone this year, with 19,090 new infections recorded over the past 24 hour.

The last time Malaysia reached past the 19,000-mark was on September 12, 2021, with 19,198 cases recorded that day.

The latest figure represents a marked increase of 1,956 cases from the 17,134 new infections recorded yesterday.

It also brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country, since the start of the pandemic, to 2,975,422.

Severity indicators

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also disclosed that only 113 or 0.6 per cent of cases reported today were in Categories 3, 4 and 5 that required hospitalisation.

Compared to the last time Malaysia breached over the 19,000-mark daily cases, the Health Ministry reported over 253 cases or 2.3 per cent were in Categories 3, and 5 that required extensive medical attention.

“There are currently 158 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU), of which 72 are suspected, probable or under investigation for Covid-19.

“Out of these 158, 78 need ventilators to help them breathe, including 35 who are confirmed as Covid-19 positive,” he said.

On September 12 last year, Dr Noor Hisham said that 1,298 cases were admitted to intensive care units (ICU) and 744 cases needed ventilator support.

He added that 14 new clusters were also detected over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 395.

He said that Malaysia’s rate of infection currently stands at 1.47, with Labuan being the state with the highest infectivity rate, at 1.94.