Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia reports 3,160 new Covid-19 cases on Christmas Day

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People are seen holding umbrellas during rainy weather in Kuala Lumpur in Bukit Bintang September 19, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
People are seen holding umbrellas during rainy weather in Kuala Lumpur in Bukit Bintang September 19, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 25 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that 3,160 new Covid-19 cases were reported today.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this figure brings the country’s cumulative cases to 2,738,401.

Yesterday, 3,528 new cases were reported, of which 405 were flood evacuees.

In his daily Covid-19 statement, Dr Noor Hisham said 4,421 individuals were cleared of Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,661,495 or 97.2 per cent since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, 253 of the new cases were referred to the intensive care unit (ICU), where 175 were intubated. Seventy-one of the new cases remain under investigation for Covid-19.

Dr Noor Hisham said 3,094 of today’s new cases were in Category 1 and 2, meaning they showed no or few symptoms, while 66 were in Category 3, 4 and 5.

Malaysia’s infectivity rate or R-naught (R0) value remains at 0.89. Only one state, Terengganu, has an R0 value of 1. All other states have an R0 value below 1.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that no new Covid-19 infections were detected among 41,819 flood evacuees in the 255 temporary evacuation shelters (PPS) across Malaysia; therefore, the number of cases remained at 409.

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