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Covid-19: New cases drop to 3,346 on Jan 14

(Photo by Zahid Izzani/The Edge filepix)

(Photo by Zahid Izzani/The Edge filepix)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14): The number of new Covid-19 daily cases dropped to 3,346 on Friday (Jan 14), compared with 3,684 on Thurday, taking the cumulative total of infections in the country to 2,802,263 as of noon on Friday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were also 3,052 recoveries on Friday, taking the cumulative number of recovered cases to 2,729,943.

"Of the 3,346 daily cases today (Friday), 3,297 cases (98.5%) were in categories one and two, while 49 cases (1.5%) were in categories three, four and five.

"A total of 204 patients were treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 95 of them requiring respiratory assistance,” he said in a statement on Friday.

He said three new clusters were also identified on Friday, taking the number of active clusters to 172, while the country recorded an infectivity rate (Rt) of 1.00 on Thursday (Jan 13).

Dr Noor Hisham also said that one new Covid-19 positive case was recorded among flood victims on Friday, taking the total number of positive cases among them to 471.

He said the Ministry of Health also detected one case of infectious diseases (skin disease) involving flood victims.

"The total number of Covid-19 clusters in temporary relief centres remained at one, as no new clusters were detected today,” he said.