KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — The Ministry of Health reported 2,451 new cases today as Malaysians await announcement on new and tightened standard operating procedures (SOP) in response to the spike in Covid-19 infections.
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the bulk of the cases recorded were from Selangor at 564 cases followed by Sabah and Negeri Sembilan at 409 and 351 cases respectively.
“This brings the number of cumulative cases in Malaysia to 133,559 cases, with 26,185 cases still active.
“As for recoveries, the ministry recorded a total of 1,401 recoveries today, bringing the total number of recoveries from Covid-19 in Malaysia to 106,832 cases or 80 per cent of all total cases,” he said in a statement here.
Malaysia also recorded five new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the total to 542 so far.
The deceased were all Malaysians aged between 62 to 87-years-old with pre-existing medical conditions.
Presently, there are 177 positive cases requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) treatment, of which 82 require breathing assistance.
Of today’s cases, five are import cases in which the infection occurred abroad. The remaining 2,446 domestic cases involved 1,858 Malaysians and 588 foreigners.
Separately, Dr Noor Hisham also announced the emergence of five new clusters and the closure of six existing clusters.
“This meant that there are 256 ongoing clusters being monitored and 58 clusters from that amount reported an increase in cases,” he said.
The five clusters identified were from Johor, Penang, Sarawak, Melaka and Terengganu respectively.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to make an announcement on new and tightened SOPs in response to the spike in Covid-19 infections next week.