MoH: New daily Covid-19 cases retreat to 3,339, but seven more deaths recorded

MoH: New daily Covid-19 cases retreat to 3,339, but seven more deaths recorded
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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17): Malaysia recorded 3,339 new Covid-19 infections today, down from yesterday's 4,029, bringing total confirmed infections in the country to 158,434, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

However, seven more deaths were recorded — three from Selangor, two from Johor and one each in Negeri Sembilan and Kedah — which pushed the death toll past 600 to 601 or 0.83% of total infections.

The number of daily recoveries, meanwhile, came in at 2,676, so total recoveries to date are now at 120,051 cases. As new infections still outpaced recoveries, active cases climbed further to 37,782.

Of the new cases, 15 were imported — whereby the individuals were infected overseas — while the remaining 3,324 cases were local transmissions. Malaysians made up the bulk or 68.9% of the new daily cases, of which 85.4% came from existing clusters and ongoing contact tracing activities.

Selangor continued to lead in terms of the number of new infections, as it contributed 1,314 of the new cases today, followed by Sabah (393), Johor (362), Kuala Lumpur (334), and Negeri Sembilan (236).

10 new clusters identified

The ministry also identified 10 more new infection clusters today, with 327 cases among them. These pushed the country's cluster tally to 651, of which 292 are active while 359 have ended.

Of the 10 new clusters, two each were found in Selangor (namely Jalan Pandan Indah in Hulu Langat [77 cases]; Immigration Detainees Depot in Sepang [80]), Sabah (i.e. Taman Ikan Jinak in Tuaran and Kota Belud [21]; Jalan Mawila in Kota Kinabalu [15]) and Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Menerung in Lembah Pantai [23]; Tapak Bina Jalan Yap in Titiwangsa [21]).

These are followed by one cluster each in Johor (namely Jalan Perak in Johor Bahru [35]), Pahang (Rantau Lada in Temerloh and Marah [19]), Melaka (Pantai Peringgit in Melaka Tengah and Jasin [24]) and Labuan (Jalan Mohammed Salleh [12]).

Of the active clusters, 86 reported increases in the number of cases, with the Lebuh Construction Site cluster reporting the highest addition of 253 cases, followed by the Jalan Rantau-Siliau cluster (96) and the Jalan Harapan Prison cluster (94).

Tan Choe Choe