Covid-19: Weekly new cases continue to decline


PUTRAJAYA: A total of 3,231 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Epidemiological Week 1 (ME 1/2023) from January 1 to 7, which is a decrease of 14.2 percent compared to the 3,767 cases recorded the previous week (ME 52).

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the number of local Covid-19 cases decreased by 14 percent which is 3,213 cases compared to 3,735 cases, while the number of imported cases in ME 1 decreased by 43.8 percent by recording 18 cases compared to 32 cases.

“The number of death cases in ME 1/2023 decreased by 4.5 percent from 22 cases to 21 cases and the number of recovered cases decreased to 3,781 cases compared to 5,869 cases in ME 52.

“The average number of active cases per day for ME 1 is 11,278, which is a decrease of 10.8 percent compared to the previous week,” he said in a statement today.

According to Noor Hisham, starting from 25 January 2020 ie ME 4/2020 to 7 January 2023 (ME 1/2023) a cumulative total of 5,029,908 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, while the number of recovered cases recorded was 4,981,975.

He explained that the cumulative death cases recorded for the same period were 36,874 cases and the cumulative cluster was 7,167 clusters with nine clusters still active.

“The number of admissions of Covid-19 patients to health facilities, namely hospitals and Low-Risk Covid-19 Treatment Centers (PKRC) per 100,000 population as a whole decreased by two percent in ME 1 compared to ME 52.

“The number of category one and two patient admissions decreased by 15.4 percent while the number of category three, four and five patients decreased by 7.7 percent,” he said.

According to Noor Hisham, for developments involving Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI), as many as 27 ILI samples were detected positive for Covid-19 with a positive rate of 3.5 percent in ME 1/2023, while as many as 2.6 percent of SARI were detected positive for Covid -19 in the same week.

In the meantime, he said, the Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the development of infections in the country and abroad through information obtained from the WHO and will ensure that appropriate prevention and control measures are implemented continuously. – MESSENGER





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