Malaysia has reported a record-high number of new daily Covid-19 cases with 3,027, bringing the total number of positive cases in the country to date to 128,465.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said meanwhile, 2,145 patients had recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of cured cases to 102,723.
“Of the total number of new cases, 3,021 are local transmissions, while six are imports. The total number of active Covid-19 cases is 25,221,” he said via his official Twitter account today.
Dr Noor Hisham said Johor recorded 1,103 cases followed by Selangor and Sabah at 706 and 493 cases, respectively.
This is the first time Johor recorded the highest number of cases compared to other states that have been leading in numbers such as Selangor and Sabah.
Of the active Covid-19 cases, 142 are in intensive care units (ICU) and 63 require intubation.
Eight deaths were also reported, raising the national death toll to 521.
Three deaths were reported in Selangor and one each in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Negeri Sembilan and Sabah.
Seven of the victims had underlying medical conditions, with the oldest victim being 83 years old and the youngest being 38.
Seven of nine new Covid-19 clusters reported today are in the Klang Valley.
Dr Noor Hisham also released a chart on Twitter showing a forecast of daily cases if the rate of infection or R-naught (R0) maintained at 1:1.
He yesterday said Malaysia’s R0 had increased to 1:1 and efforts to suppress it at 0.5 had not been successful.
The chart he released on Twitter shows that at a R0 of 1:1, Malaysia will record around 3,000 cases daily by the second week of February, 5,000 cases daily by the second week of April and 9,000 cases by the end of May.
Yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said that the Malaysian healthcare system was now “pressured and at a breaking point” and there is a need for a circuit breaker or targeted lockdown.