Malaysia recorded 16 COVID-19 deaths, highest number so far

THE Health Ministry reported a total of 2,643 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases to 131,108 nationwide.

“Out of the total number of new cases today, two of them were imported cases,” Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

The country also had the highest number of death cases as of 6pm today, adding another 16 to the total of 537.

He also noted that for locally transmitted cases, 1,666 of them were locals and 975 were foreigners.

According to Noor Hisham, Selangor had the highest number of cases at 1,086, followed by Sabah (401) and Johor (298).

Of the 1,086 cases, 904 were from clusters and close contact screenings.

He added that 79 cases, meanwhile, were detected from lock-up, immigration detention depot, and prisons involving the Jalan Harapan Prison cluster (73 cases), Pagar Sipur cluster (3), Choh Tembok cluster (2), and the Tembok Gajah cluster (1).

“There are 170 COVID-19 cases being treated in intensive care units (ICU), with 82 cases requiring ventilator support,” he said.

Currently, there are 25,140 active cases.

As of today, a total of 2,708 patients were discharged today, bringing the total number to 105,431.

Meanwhile, The Vibes reported that Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to announce a second movement control order (MCO) next Monday. – Jan 8, 2021

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