Record 212 new cases registered in a day

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia saw its highest number of new Covid-19 cases in a day, with 212 new cases.

This is the highest number of new cases recorded in a day, with the previous record at 190 new cases on March 15.

Out of the 212 new Covid-19 cases, 123 cases were linked to the cluster from the Sri Petaling tabligh event.

Health director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the total cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is 1,518.

He added that about 62% of positive Covid-19 cases were linked to the cluster from the tabligh event at the Sri Petaling mosque.

He added that as of now, about 13,000 tests were conducted on the participants of the tabligh event.

“We have conducted about 13,000 tests and have taken about 6,700 samples. From that number, those who tested positive were 940 cases,” he told the media yesterday.

He added that tests will be run for all the participants of the tabligh event, regardless of whether they displayed any symptoms or not.

No test fees will be imposed on the tabligh participants who are foreigners, he said.

“For the tabligh participants, we will test all of them – even those without symptoms.

“At the start (we followed) the World Health Organisation, we would test only those who display symptoms. But now we have decided to test them even if they do not have any symptoms.

“If foreigners come to the health clinics or hospitals – if they are looking for treatment that is not Covid-19 related, they will be charged a fee that has been set.

“But if it’s related to Covid-19, no fee will be charged – whether they are foreigners who are rich or poor,” he said.

He added that the Health Ministry is working with the police authorities to track tabligh participants and encourage them to come forward to be tested.

Four new deaths were also reported to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, which bring the death toll to 14.

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