Covid-19 infections continue upward trend

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country soared again with 3,321 new infections reported yesterday, compared to 2,605 cases the day before.

This latest figure brings the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 4,467,061.

The Health Ministry on its CovidNow website said from the total number of new cases reported, 10 were imported ones.

The remaining 3,311 cases, it said, are all local transmissions.

There were also eight new deaths reported nationwide on Wednesday, three of which were brought-in-dead.

Since the pandemic broke in March 2020, it has claimed 35,598 lives and infected more than four million people in Malaysia.

At the moment there are 24,850 active Covid-19 cases and 94.1 percent or 23,385 are on home quarantine order, while 33 individuals are placed at Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC).

Another 1,373 cases have been hospitalised, including 59 in intensive care units, including 34 who required ventilators.

CovidNow data also showed that 1,416 patients have fully recovered, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 4,406,613 cases, to date.

On an average, 77,568 tests had been conducted at medical facilities across the country and 3.4 percent tested positive.

Meanwhile, on the number of vaccines administered so far, data showed 85.2 percent of the country's population have received at least their first dose and 82.2 percent have received both the doses.

However, for the booster shots, the percentage remained below 50 percent with only 49.2 percent of the population taking the shots.

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