Covid-19: Highest-ever record of 4,029 new cases

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Malaysia smashed all previous records of daily Covid-19 cases today after it reported 4,029 new infections in the past 24 hours.

This is also the first time it has reported more than 4,000 new cases in a single day since the onset of the pandemic last year.

In a statement, the Director-general of health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the fresh cases have brought the caseload to 155,095 while active cases rose to 37,126.

He said Selangor once again led the tally with 1,466 cases followed by Johor and Sabah with 719 and 449 cases, respectively.

He added that only eight of today’s cases were imported.

On recoveries, Dr Noor Hisham said 2,148 people were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours.

With this, he said the total number of recoveries from the coronavirus now stood at 117,375.

Meanwhile, he said 205 patients are currently warded in the intensive care unit, of whom 79 require respiratory support.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were eight fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 594.

Among the deaths reported today was a 40-year-old man in Sabah with no pre-existing conditions.

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Worryingly, Malaysia had not been expected to reach the 4,000-case mark until the middle of February, based on the Health Ministry’s epidemiological modelling.

This meant Malaysia’s new case growth has now outpaced the model that was already based on an elevated basic reproduction number (R0) for Covid-19 infections of 1.2.

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“If we do not get this MCO right, the worst is yet to come. A daily reminder to all to “please stay at home”. Stay home and stay safe,” the health director-general wrote in a tweet today.

Meanwhile, ICU beds are running low.

This shortage comes as active cases, deaths and Covid-19 patients with severe conditions rise dramatically.