Malaysia records new Covid-19 cases below 3,000-mark for second day straight

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People are seen wearing protective masks as they walk along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur October 17, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
People are seen wearing protective masks as they walk along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur October 17, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — The Ministry of Health logged 2,757 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising the cumulative tally to 2,743,936 since the pandemic began.

The latest number is 21 cases fewer compared to yesterday’s 2,778 new infections.

The ministry reported 2,589 new cases in a single day, the first time the national figure fell below the 3,000 mark since early May.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also disclosed that only 40 or 1.5 per cent of cases reported today were in Categories 3, 4 and 5 that required hospitalisation.

“There are currently 297 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU), of which 50 are suspected, probable or under investigation for Covid-19.

“Out of these 297, 169 need ventilators to help them breathe, including 96 who are confirmed as Covid-19 positive,” he said.

In the current flood situation, the ministry had also warned about the risk of rising transmission. As many as 429 positive cases had been detected among the over 35,000 flood-hit victims, while 10 cases of infectious diseases were also recorded as of noon.

The ministry also announced that it has detected the first Covid-19 cluster among flood victims in the Bentong relief centre that was triggered by a symptomatic local on December 19.

He added that seven new clusters were also detected over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 223.

He said that Malaysia’s rate of infection currently stands at 0.90, with Terengganu being the state with the highest infectivity rate, at 1.01.

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