COVID-19: 1,262 New Daily Cases For Six Days

10/03/2023 03:04 PM

By Melati Mohd Ariff

This is Bernama’s weekly roundup on COVID-19 and related matters in Malaysia and globally from March 4 to noon today.

In Malaysia, case numbers surpassed 5.04 million and globally, the virus has infected more than 681 million people and caused over 6.8 million deaths. Some 654 million patients have so far recovered from the virus.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is now in its fourth year, has affected 229 countries and territories.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – New daily cases for six days (March 4 to March 9) increased marginally to 1,262 compared to 1,237 during the previous corresponding period.

Yesterday, a total of 279 new daily cases were reported (the highest to date for March), including six (6) imported cases. No deaths were reported yesterday.

During the week compiled by Bernama from March 4 to March 9, zero death cases were reported consecutively on March 4, March 6 and March 7. For the record, during this week, only two (2) death cases were reported.

A mother of three with one of her kids in the midst of making belacan as a source of livelihood at Kampung Mengabang Telong, Kuala Nerus during the school holidays and Women’s International Day celebration. --fotoBERNAMA (2023) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Of 279 cases, seven (7) states/regions recorded two (2) digit figures, led by Selangor (97), Kuala Lumpur (64), Melaka (17), Johor (17), Perak (14), Putrajaya (11) and Terengganu (11).

One digit cases were reported in Sarawak (9), Penang (9), Negeri Sembilan (9), Kedah (7), Pahang (6), Kelantan (3), Labuan (3) and Sabah (2).

Perlis reported zero case yesterday and for four consecutive days on March 5, March 6, March 7 and March 8.

Active COVID-19 cases in Malaysia as of 11.59pm yesterday stood at 9,296 and of the total, 96.4 per cent (8,964) were quarantined at home.

Overall, as of yesterday, Malaysia recorded 5,044,718 COVID-19 cases with 4,998,455 recoveries and 36,967 deaths. The pandemic hit the nation on Jan 25, 2020. Malaysia is now in transition to endemic phase from April 1, 2022.

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With a cumulative figure of 5,044,718, Malaysia now ranked 28th out of 229 nations/ territories struck by the pandemic. Ahead of Malaysia are Chile (5,192,286) and Ukraine (5,399,231).

According to Worldometer, of the list of 229 countries, Russia reported the highest new daily cases (12,496) followed by South Korea (10,890) and Japan (9,834).

On COVID-19 fatalities, the United States (US) reported the highest figure with 1,148,391 cases.


Below are new daily COVID-19 cases during the week compiled by Bernama from March 4 to March 9:-

March 4 (170), March 5 (164), March 6 (188), March 7 (226), March 8 (235) and March 9 (279).


New daily COVID-19 cases for the week compiled by Bernama from Feb 25 to Marh 3:-

Feb 25 (173), Feb 26 (207), Feb 27 (190), Feb 28 (206), March 1 (217), March 2 (244) and March 3 (204).



In Johor, the number of flood victims has risen to 45,048 as of March 9 in the morning from 42,852 yesterday while floods in several districts have receded. --fotoBERNAMA (2023) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

(MOHNOW data as of 11.59pm yesterday)

New active COVID-19 cases in Malaysia as of 11.59pm yesterday stood at 9,296 and of the total, 96.4 per cent (8,964) were home quarantined.

Zero (0) case was reported at the COVID-19 Integrated Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC); 327 cases (3.5 per cent) at hospitals; 4 cases (0 per cent) at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) without respiratory assistance (ABP) and 1 case (0 per cent) at the ICU with ABP.

For the record, there are five categories of COVID-19 infections:-

According to MOH, Category 1 is for patients with no symptoms; Category 2 is for patients with mild symptoms; Category 3 is for patients with pneumonia; Category 4 is for patients who require supplemental oxygen; and Category 5 is for the critically ill and need to be on ventilator support at the ICU.


Recovered cases:-

The Melaka Crocodile and Recreational Park (TBRM) workers feeding a pair of bronze crocodiles named Haris and Izah with raw chicken. --fotoBERNAMA (2023) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

March 4 (178), March 5 (198), March 6 (181), March 7 (202), March 8 (216) and March 9 (236).

*cumulative recovered cases as of 11.59pm yesterday stood at 4,998,455.


Imported cases:-

March 4 (2), March 5 (2), March 6 (2), March 7 (3), March 8 (6) and March 9 (6).


Active cases with probable infections:-

March 4 (9,239), March 5 (9,204), March 6 (9,211), March 7 (9,235), March 8 (9,253) and March 9 (9,296).


Quarantined at home:-

March 4 (8,934), March 5 (8,888), March 6 (8,884), March 7 (8,913), March 8 (8,916) and March 9 (8,964).


Breakdown in new daily cases (279):-

*state-by-state, as of 11.59pm yesterday

*(+imported cases)

Latest Status of COVID-19 in Malaysia. New Cases by States. Source: MOH

Two digits - Selangor 97 (+0), Kuala Lumpur 64 (+0), Melaka 17 (+0), Johor 16 (+1), Perak 14 (+0), Putrajaya 11 (+0) and Terengganu 11 (+0).

One digit - Sarawak 9 (+0), Penang 9 (+0), Negeri Sembilan 7 (+2), Kedah 5 (+2), Pahang 6 (+0), Kelantan 3 (+0), Labuan 2 (+1) and Sabah 2 (+0).

Zero case - Perlis.


New record cases, imported cases, local transmission:

March 4 - New cases 170; Cumulative cases 5,043,626; Imported cases 2

March 5 - New cases 164; Cumulative cases 5,043,790; Imported cases 2

March 6 - New cases 188; Cumulative cases 5,043,978; Imported cases 2

March 7 - New cases 226; Cumulative cases 5,044,204; Imported cases 3

March 8 - New cases 235; Cumulative cases 5,044,439; Imported cases 6

March 9 - New cases 279; Cumulative cases 5,044,718; Imported cases 6


Record death cases are as below:-

*BID = Brought-in-Dead are cases outside the hospital and those brought to the hospital's forensic department; positive COVID-19 cases after PT PCR tests conducted.

March 4 - 0 (BID 0), March 5 - 1 (BID 0), March 6 - 0 (BID 0), March 7 - 0 (BID 0), March 8 – 1 (BID 1) and March 9 - 0 (BID 0).

*As of yesterday, Malaysia’s COVID-19 death toll at 36,967.



Current Worldwide Statistics on COVID-19 and COVID-19 Case Summary in Malaysia. worldometers.info/coronavirus

To date, total COVID-19 cases globally according to Worldometer stood at 681,212,510 from 680,529,393 during the previous week with 6,809,882 deaths (6,804,544 previously).

Recoveries stood at 654,132,455 from 653,360,031 during the previous week.

Some 229 countries are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and those in the top 10 of the list are the US, India, France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Italy, the United Kingdom (UK) and Russia.


The breakdown of the top 10 nations (+ new record daily cases) is as follows:-

*No information (NA).

US 105,547,760 (+8,964)

India 44,689,072 (+NA)

France 39,639,112 (+NA)

Germany 38,241,231 (NA)

Brazil 37,085,520 (+NA)

Japan 33,298,296 (+9,834)

South Korea 30,605,187 (+10,890)

Italy 25,603,510 (NA)

UK 24,396,534 (NA)

Russia 22,388,556 (+12,496)


Below is a breakdown of cumulative COVID-19 cases and (+new daily cases) among Southeast Asian nations

*No information (NA).

Vietnam 13th spot - 11,526,994 (+NA)

Indonesia 20th spot - 6,738,225 (+307)

Malaysia 28th spot - 5,044,718 (+279)

Thailand 31st spot - 4,728,182 (NA)

Philippines 37th spot - 4,077,452 (+162)

Singapore 45th spot - 2,230,570 (+NA)

Myanmar 84th spot - 633,950 (+1)

Brunei 106th spot - 279,661 (NA)

Laos 113th spot - 218,023 (NA)

Cambodia 125th spot - 138,719 (+NA)




-- The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s China country office was informed of cases of pneumonia that were detected in Wuhan on Dec 31, 2019. On Jan 7, 2020 the Chinese authorities confirmed that the newly detected novel coronavirus can be transmitted from human to human.

-- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-COV).

-- A study of the virus’ genetic sequence suggested similarities to that seen in snakes and bats. China health officials identified the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan as the source of the transmission of the coronavirus.

-- On Feb 11, 2020, WHO announced the official name of the virus, COVID-19, which is an acronym for coronavirus 2019 – CO stands for corona, VI for virus and D for disease.

-- On Jan 30, 2020, WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global emergency and on March 11, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

WHO has described the COVID-19 outbreak as much more dangerous than the A H1N1 Influenza, also known as Swine Flu.

-- Swine Flu, which occurred between January 2009 and August 2010, infected more than 1.6 million people and caused 18,449 fatalities. It was first detected in Mexico and later in the United States in March 2009.

-- COVID-19 was detected in Malaysia on Jan 25, 2020, when three Chinese citizens, who had entered Malaysia through Johore from Singapore on Jan 23, were tested positive for the disease.

-- New variants of the COVID-19 coronavirus have since emerged in the United Kingdom (identified as B117) in September 2020, South Africa (501Y.V2) in October 2020 and India (B.1.617), also in October 2020.

-- Cumulatively, Malaysia's COVID-19 cases have breached the one million mark as on July 25, with 1,013,438 cases. The first time daily cases reached the five-digit level was on July 13 with 11,079 cases.

-- WHO on Nov 26 designated a new variant of COVID-19, named Omicron, a variant of concern. It was first detected in Gauteng Province, South Africa.

-- Scientists at the IHU have detected a new variant named B.1.640.2 at end-November last year, with 46 mutations on its spike protein and nicknamed it IHU.

-- Meanwhile, Israel has confirmed its first case of an individual infected with 'Flurona', a term coined to describe the condition of being infected with COVID-19 and the seasonal flu simultaneously. (Jan 2, 2022).

-- April 1, 2022 – Malaysia enters the transition to endemic phase of COVID-19 as an exit strategy that allows Malaysians to return to normalcy after almost two years of battling COVID-19.

-- May 1, 2022 – On April 27, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the easing of several restrictions, which include the lifting of the requirement for check-ins on MySejahtera effective May 1.

-- The pre endemic scenario shows the XBB variant was dominant in the spread of COVID-19 in the country based on the genetic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 throughout December 2022, comprising 55.4 per cent, followed by the BA.2.75 variant (20.8 per cent) and BQ.1 variant (10.8 per cent).

-- The XBB variant was the main variant spreading among Malaysians since October 2022. Both the XBB and BA.2.75 variants are categorised by WHO as Lineage Under Monitoring (LUM).

-- One of the Omicron sub-variants originally detected in October 2022 is XBB.1.5, a recombinant of two BA.2 sublineages. It is on the rise in the US and Europe and has now been identified in more than 25 countries.

-- Some scientists have nicknamed the XBB.1.5 Omicron strain as ‘Kraken’ with the potential of spawning more dangerous variants. WHO has announced that it had commissioned a risk assessment that outlines the new threats the XBB.1.5 variant poses, if any.

-- In China, the BA.5.2 and BF.7 variants accounted for almost 80 per cent of the variants that are currently found to be spreading rapidly in the republic.

-- Malaysia’s new daily cases, which previously surged to over 30,000 (33,406 on March 5, 2022), have since declined to the lowest level at 101 on Jan 24, 2023. For the record, active COVID-19 cases in the country on March 5, 2022 stood at 311,206.


Translated by Salbiah Said








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