Another record-breaking day with 2,188 cases

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia broke its own Covid-19 daily record for the second straight day after the country reported 2,188 new infections.

This surpasses the 1,882 Covid-19 cases recorded the previous day.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a majority of the country’s cases came from Selangor, which reported 1,623 new infections yesterday.

About 93% of the cases in the state came from the Teratai cluster (1,511 cases), which is linked to worker dormitories belonging to employees of manufacturer Top Glove.

Sabah, which was the epicentre of the country’s third Covid-19 wave, continued to show a reduction in its daily cases with 232 new infections.

Perak recorded the third-highest number of new cases with 112.

Dr Noor Hisham said 107 of yesterday’s cases were attributed to infection clusters related to prisons.

Of the 107 cases, 103 infections were from the Tembok cluster in Kedah, two cases were detected from the Seberang Perai prison cluster, while the Kepayan prison cluster and the Sandakan prison cluster saw one case each.

There were no new infection clusters detected, with the number of active clusters now at 167.

Cumulatively, Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases have reached 58,847.

On another note, Malaysia discharged 1,673 patients – the highest number of recoveries in a single day by far.

Previously, the record was 1,405 recoveries in one day, which was set on Nov 21.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 recoveries in the country up to 44,153.

Active cases have gone up to 14,353, breaching the 14,000-mark for the first time.

Currently, 112 people are being treated at intensive care units, with 49 of them requiring ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced four new deaths – three in Sabah and one in Penang.

The death in Penang involved an 84-year-old man, who has a history of high blood pressure and chronic lung disease.

The other cases involved a 41-year-old woman and a 74-year-old man who were treated at the Lahad Datu Hospital, as well as a 45-year-old non-Malaysian man at the Tawau Hospital.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 341 or 0.6% of total cases.

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