PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 1,683 more Covid-19 infections on Friday (Dec 18), taking the country’s total of confirmed cases past the 90k mark to 90,816, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were, however, no new deaths, keeping Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll at 432.
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The country also discharged 1,214 Covid-19 patients, which means 75,244 people have recovered.
The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia now stands at 15,140.
Currently, 106 patients are in intensive care, with 51 requiring ventilator support.
In a statement, Dr Noor Hisham said eight of Friday’s cases were imported infections, while the rest were local transmissions.
He also said Selangor continued to record the highest increase of the day out of all states with 692 confirmed cases, or 41.1% of Friday’s total.
This is followed by Sabah with 260 or 15.4% of cases, and Kuala Lumpur with 197 cases (11.7%).
There are 313 new cases reported from prison and detention centre clusters, which is about 18.6% of Friday’s tally.
This includes the Jalan Harapan prison cluster, which is linked to the Sungai Buloh prison in Selangor, which saw 235 new cases.
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The number of new local cases in the remaining states are as follows: Negri Sembilan (174 cases), Melaka (140), Johor (77), Perak (65), Penang (37), Labuan (19), Pahang (six), Putrajaya (six), Kedah (four), Terengganu (four), Sarawak (one) and Kelantan (one).
Only Perlis recorded no new cases.