KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — The Health Ministry (MoH) reported 22,802 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the cumulative tally of new cases past the three million mark.

The last time that Malaysia saw infections in this numerical range was on September 10, 2021 when 21,176 cases were recorded.

However, Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said only 104 or 4.6 per cent of today’s new cases fall under Category 3, 4 and 5, which require hospitalisation.

The rest are in Category 1 and 2, meaning they are asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms.

“The number of daily Covid-19 infections reported was 22,802 cases, for a cumulative total of 3,019,163 cases,” he wrote in his Twitter post today.

Only 94 out of the new cases are imported while the bulk are local transmission affecting 22,113 Malaysians and 595 non-Malaysians.

The newly transmitted cases are still far more than the daily recoveries, with only 5,442 individuals declared free of the virus today.

Currently, there are 176 individuals in intensive care, with 82 of them confirmed Covid-19 patients and 98 (40 of the confirmed cases) requiring breathing assistance.

On February 7, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the Omicron wave that has officially hit Malaysia is expected to peak at the end of March.

However, he said this was the ministry’s best estimation to date, and not a finality, as it continues to monitor the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Although the daily numbers remain on an upward trajectory, most of the cases are in Category 1 and 2 which do not require hospitalisation.