COVID-19 Update: 3,339 new cases, seven deaths

By Nur Aina Fathihah

GOMBAK, 17 January 2021: Malaysia today recorded a decrease but remained with the four-digit numbers of positive COVID-19 cases with 3,339 new cases including 15 imported cases which sums up to a total of 158,434 cumulative cases and 37,782 active cases.

Selangor remains as a state with the highest number of cases with 1,314 new cases reported, followed by Sabah and Johor with 393 cases and 390 cases respectively.  

Of these, three new clusters have been terminated today which are cluster Andalas in Selangor, cluster Bayam Indah in Kedah and Pulau Pinang and cluster Tapak Bina Jesselton in Sabah. However, 10 new clusters are reported with two clusters each from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Sabah, and one cluster from Perak, Johor, Melaka and Pahang respectively.

According to Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham, 2,676 recoveries today have been added up to the cumulative number of recovered cases of 120,051 with 75.8%. It shows an increase in recovery cases for today with 328 cases.  

Malaysia also reported seven fatalities making a total of 601 death cases to date since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

A total of 240 patients are now in intensive care unit (ICU) with 93 cases need respiratory assistance.

It is reminded for the public to always practise the 3Ws (Wash, Wear and Warn) in daily life.

It is also advisable to avoid hand-shaking and touching, practise the etiquette of sneezing and coughing, seek treatment immediately if symptomatic, stay at home and avoid visiting, and lastly, to always perform disinfection in areas of frequent contact.***

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