PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 2,234 more Covid-19 infections on Thursday (Dec 10), a new daily record for the country.
Prior to this, the most number of cases in a day was 2,188, which was recorded on Nov 24.
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In his daily Covid-19 statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country now has 78,499 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.
Three more people died due to the virus, pushing Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll to 396.
The country also discharged 1,112 Covid-19 patients, which means 66,236 people have recovered.
The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia is now at 11,867.
Selangor dominated the list of new cases out of all states with 1,428 infections.
The sharp rise in the number of cases is largely attributed to the Seruling cluster in Selangor, which recorded 842 new cases in just a day.
The cluster was first detected on Dec 8, following the discovery of 109 Covid-19 cases among factory workers in Klang.
“Cases in Selangor are expected to remain at a high following the expansion of the foreign workers' screening programme by Socso (Social Security Organisation), as well as proactive measures by employers in the Klang Valley,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
Sabah is the state with second highest increase, recording 274 new cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 136, Perak with 115 and Johor with 100.
Five of Thursday’s new cases are imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions.
Dr Noor Hisham said there are 124 patients currently under intensive care units (ICU), with 60 requiring ventilator support.
One of the three deaths involved a 26-year-old who died at the Labuan Hospital.
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The man had a history of asthma and bronchitis.
The other two new deaths involve a 72-year-old man at Keningau Hospital and a 63-year-old woman, who was declared dead on arrival at the Duchess of Kent Hospital, Sandakan.