PUTRAJAYA JAN.23: Malaysia records 3,856 new COVID-19 cases today bringing the cumulative total to 2,832,945 with only 35 cases or 0.9 per cent were categories 3, 4 and 5 while another 3,821 cases or 99.1 per cent were from categories 1 and 2.
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, 143 cases were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 53 cases needed respiratory assistance.
He said, from the new cases 3,236 (96.2 per cent) are citizens with 128 (3.8 per cent) involving non-citizens.
“Today 13 new clusters are recorded with 235 clusters still active while 6,071 have been expired while 6,306 clusters have been formed since the pandemic started in early 2020,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a statement here today.
On another development, the COVID-19 infectivity rate as a whole in Malaysia today is 1.07, while Labuan, Sarawak and Perlis (0.00), Terengganu (0.79), Pahang and Perak (0.97), Kelantan (0.99), Sabah (1.00), Pulau Pinang, Selangor (1.03), Putrajaya (1.04), Johor (1.07), Melaka (1.08), Kedah, Kuala Lumpur (1.09) and Negeri Sembilan 1.13.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Health (MOH) would like to advise the public to continue to comply with the recommendations and health advice that are often emphasized, namely; Avoid 3S (avoid crowded, narrow areas, and chat at close range); Practice 3W (Practice wash, wear and warn); Always wear a face mask in a closed public area. Wearing a double face mask is encouraged; Practice TRISS (Trace, Report, Isolate, Inform and Seek) before attending social activities or if symptomatic; and Get the COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the risk of serious infections and the number of deaths while building cluster immunity.
Dr. Noor Hisham stressed that by taking the vaccine and the booster dose, we can protect the people around us from the possibility of COVID-19 infection. With group immunity formed the groups which are not yet eligible for immunization can be protected and protection for all starts from us.
“For those who have not received the vaccine but have never been infected with COVID-19, you are now in the group most at risk of getting COVID-19 infection. MOH’s advice is to immediately register and get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“For those who have registered, MOH requests that you attend the appointment in order to protect yourself and your loved ones,” Dr. Noor Hisham reiterated.- Malaysia World News.