KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 ― New positive Covid-19 cases spiked to 32,467 on March 3 but less than 1 per cent have severe symptoms, the Ministry of Health said today.

From 231 cases with category 3, 4 and 5 symptoms, 208 required breathing aid, 82 of them were confirmed Covid-19 cases while the rest showed symptoms or are still under investigation.

From the 231, close to half of them had received two doses of vaccines but yet to get their booster jabs, while those that have received the third dose made up 56 cases, or 24 per cent.

Meanwhile 335 patients from 2,048 hospitalised cases were admitted into the Intensive Care Units on March 3. From the total hospitalisation cases, 745 cases were category 3, 4 and 5 patients.

ICU bed utilisation for Covid-19 cases remains stable although five states, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya all have a 50 per cent rate of use. Among the two federal territories, Putrajaya’s ICU bed utilisation is now at 83 per cent.

Non-ICU bed utilisation rates in Selangor and Perak are now over 100 per cent, at 111 and 105 per cent respectively.

Regular bed usage in Perlis, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya hospitals is also at a critical level, at 98, 91 and 88 per cent respectively.

Number of patients discharged or fully recovered as of March 3 was 27,629.

Total number of patients that have recovered is now 3.197 million, or 90.6 per cent from the 3.528 million people that were infected as of March 3.

Meanwhile 11 new infection clusters were detected. Total active clusters as of March 3 is now 466.