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New Covid-19 cases increase to 3,684 on Jan 13

(Photo by Zahid Izzani/The Edge filepix)

(Photo by Zahid Izzani/The Edge filepix)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 13): New Covid-19 cases in Malaysia continued to increase to 3,684 on Thursday (Jan 13) from 3,198 on Wednesday, bringing the cumulative figure for infections to 2,798,917 as at noon on Thursday, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The daily figure was the highest in two weeks since Dec 30, when 3,997 cases were recorded.

He said there were 3,292 more recoveries, raising the total number of recovered cases to 2,726,891.

“Of the 3,684 new cases reported today, 34 cases (0.9%) are in categories three, four and five, while 3,650 cases (99.1%) are in categories one and two. Covid-19 is a five-category disease, with category five being the most severe.

“There are 192 cases in the Intensive Care Unit, with 91 requiring ventilators,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

He also said the number of active clusters is now 178, following the detection of eight new clusters on Thursday, while the national infectivity rate (Rt) was at 0.99 on Wednesday (Jan 12).

Dr Noor Hisham said the total number of positive cases among flood victims remained at 470 as reported on Wednesday, as there had been no new cases as at 3pm on Thursday.

The Health Ministry also detected four cases of infectious diseases involving flood victims, with two cases each of acute respiratory infection (ARI) and skin diseases.