MOH: New COVID-19 Cases Up 57% To 3,600 Last Week

Radzi has advised the public to practise frequent hand-washing and to wear masks in public places.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 57.3% to 3,626 from 2,305 recorded the week before, said the Ministry of Health (MOH)

In a statement on Sunday, 3 December, Health director-general Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan said 48% of the cases occurred among individuals aged between 20 and 40, with 98% of them experienced only mild symptoms.

He added that the number of weekly COVID-19 cases has consistently exceeded 1,000 cases since early October (Epidemiology Week 41, 8 to 14 October).

Radzi also said there are currently eight active clusters, collectively accounting for a total of 121 cases.

"The cumulative number of clusters reported up to Epidemiology Week 47 (19 to 25 November) is 7,248. The majority of clusters reported are education clusters," he stated.

Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, he said the situation is under control and does not strain existing health facilities

He said the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions increased to 2.9 per 100,000 population compared to the previous week, while the occupancy of intensive care unit (ICU) beds was at 0.4%.

Radzi added that four new Omicron variants were reported last week, all of which are classified as variants of concern (VOC) under the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, he said the variants do not result in any differences in symptoms or severity.

The ministry has advised the public to maintain a high level of hygiene to prevent the transmission of COVID-19

Radzi has advised the public to practise frequent hand-washing and to wear masks in public places.

Individuals experiencing symptoms have also been advised to rest at home and refrain from going out to public spaces.

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