Covid-19 cases continue to hover over 3,000 cases, albeit slight downtick to 3,346

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People are seen wearing protective masks as they walk along the Bukit Bintang shopping area in Kuala Lumpur, December 30, 2021. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
People are seen wearing protective masks as they walk along the Bukit Bintang shopping area in Kuala Lumpur, December 30, 2021. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — The Health Ministry recorded 3,346 new Covid-19 cases today, which is a slight downtick after yesterday’s rise in Covid-19 cases.

However, today marks the fourth day in a row the Covid-19 numbers have stayed past the 3,000 case mark, including yesterday’s 3,684 cases.

The latest tally brings the cumulative number of cases since the pandemic struck to 2,802,263.

Of the new cases reported, 1.5 per cent or 39 people were placed under Categories 3, 4 and 5 — meaning they have a lung infection or worse.

There are currently 204 patients warded in Covid-19 intensive care units (ICUs) nationwide — of which 95 require ventilator assistance.

Meanwhile, 3,052 patients recovered from the disease, keeping the country’s recovery rate at 97.4 per cent.

Furthermore, three new clusters were identified today, bringing the number of active clusters to 172.

The national infectivity rate, or Rt, rose to 1.00 today — from 0.99 yesterday.

Kuala Lumpur had the highest rate among states and Federal Territories, with an Rt of 1.07.

This was followed by an Rt of 1.05 in both Sabah and Putrajaya, 1.02 in Melaka, and 1.01 in Negri Sembilan.

Selangor recorded an Rt of 1.00, while the infectivity rates in the remainder of states were below the national average.

The lowest three were Terengganu with an Rt of 0.79, while both Perlis and Labuan recorded an infectivity rate of 0.

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