Covid-19 cases on downward trend with 1,555 new infections on Tuesday

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 infections continued to show a downward trend, with the country recording 1,555 new cases on Tuesday (March 2).

This the lowest daily figure recorded so far this year. Prior to this, the lowest daily figure reported in 2021 was 1,704 cases on Jan 4.

With the total number of patients being discharged outnumbering new cases daily, active cases have also gone down to pre-movement control order (MCO) 2.0 levels.

Tuesday’s active case total was 24,563, a sharp drop from the figures recorded in early February when it was as high as 52,000.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the highest number of cases out of all states with 672, accounting for 43.2% of the country’s new infections.

“Out of Selangor’s total, 573 cases or 85.3% are those uncovered from clusters and contact tracing activities.

“Johor recorded the second highest number with 163 cases (10.5%) followed by Sarawak with 159 (10.2%), ” Dr Noor Hisham said at the Health Ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here.

Three imported cases were detected, with the rest being local transmissions.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced six Covid-19 fatalities, taking the country’s death toll to 1,141.

Three of the fatalities were in Selangor, while Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Perak reported one death each.

Five of the deceased are Malaysians aged 57 to 80 and mostly suffered comorbidities such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

One of the deceased was a foreign man, aged 44, who was brought in dead on arrival at the Seri Manjung Hospital in Perak.

The number of patients in intensive care units is currently 204, with 96 requiring ventilator support.