Covid-19: Record number of cases today with 13 new clusters


By Emma Victoria

MALAYSIA recorded a new high in daily Covid-19 cases today with 2,593 cases.

This brings the total number of cases to 125,438, of which 23,347 of them are active cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,129 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 100,578.

There were also four deaths today, bringing the number of fatalities to 513.

All were Malaysians with history of medical conditions and aged between 50 and 73. Two were from Sabah and one each from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Selangor again recorded the highest number of cases with 965 cases, followed by Johor (571) and Sabah (405).

Kuala Lumpur reported 265 cases, followed by Negeri Sembilan (125), Penang (77), Kelantan (43), Kedah (42), Perak (34), Terengganu (19), Malacca (13), Pahang (11), Putrajaya (9), Labuan (9) and Sarawak (5). Perlis again maintained a clean slate.

A daily record of 13 new Covid-19 clusters were also detected in Selangor, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Sabah and Malacca.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak cases involved four imported ones and a local transmission in Kuching.

State Disaster Management Committee in a statement said the local case was a close contact of a confirmed case, linked to the Stutong Cluster.

The man went for a Covid-19 test on Jan 4 and his result came back positive yesterday. He was the colleague of the confirmed case.

Kuching also reported an imported case from Miri, involving a patient who came for a medical check-up and was tested positive for the virus.

There were two imported cases in Miri, where the patients had returned from Labuan and Peninsular Malaysia and tested positive during their mandatory quarantine.

A woman in Sibu, who returned from Johor was also confirmed infected by the virus.

“She was undergoing home quarantine with her two sons but they tested negative,” the committee said.

To date, Sarawak reported a total 1,166 cases, including 19 deaths.