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Covid-19: Malaysia’s new daily infections top 3,000 for first time

Malaysia’s fresh record-high number of newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases today broke the previous all-time high figure of 2,593, which was reported just yesterday (Jan 6). (Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

Malaysia’s fresh record-high number of newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases today broke the previous all-time high figure of 2,593, which was reported just yesterday (Jan 6). (Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 7): Malaysia’s newly-confirmed daily Covid-19 cases rose past the 3,000 mark for the first time today, after the country reported a fresh record high figure of 3,027 infected individuals, who brought the nation’s cumulative number of infections to 128,465 so far. 

Eight additional deaths were reported today. Health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said via Twitter today that the eight additional Covid-19-related deaths brought the nation’s cumulative number of fatalities due to the pandemic to 521 so far.

“(Out of the 3,027 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases reported today), a total of 3,021 are local cases, while the number of imported cases stood at six,” Dr Noor Hisham said. Meanwhile, the country reported today that 2,145 persons have recovered from Covid-19, which brought the cumulative number of individuals who have recovered from the pandemic to 102,723 in the country so far, according to him.

He said the cumulative number of recoveries at 102,723 accounted for about 79.9% of the nation’s total number of Covid-19 cases at 128,465 so far.

According to him, a total of 142 Covid-19 patients are still being treated at intensive care units across the country as of today.

Out of the 142 patients, 63 are intubated to help them breathe, he said.

Malaysia’s fresh record-high number of newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases today broke the previous all-time high figure of 2,593, which was reported just yesterday (Jan 6).

Yesterday, the nation registered four Covid-related deaths, according to Dr Noor Hisham.

Today is the first time the country’s number of newly-confirmed Covid-19 infected persons had surpassed the 3,000 mark, according to Dr Noor Hisham.

In a separate statement today, he said out of the 3,027 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases today, the 3,021 local transmission cases comprise 1,577 Malaysians and 1,444 foreigners.

Geographically, he said Johor reported the highest number of new daily cases at 1,103 today, followed by Selangor and Sabah at 706 and 493 respectively.

Out of the eight Covid-19 related deaths today, three deaths were reported in Selangor, and one each in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Putrajaya and Sabah respectively, according to him.

Dr Noor Hisham said the deceased comprise four women and four men aged between 38 and 83 years old.

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