Health Ministry: 2,062 new cases for 97,389 total, one more fatality takes death toll to 439

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 2,062 more Covid-19 infections on Tuesday (Dec 22), taking the country's total number of confirmed cases to 97,389.

This is the second day in a row where cases have breached the 2,000 mark.

One person also died due to the coronavirus, raising Malaysia's Covid-19 death toll to 439.

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The country also discharged 911 Covid-19 patients, which means 79,304 people have recovered to date.

The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has gone up to 17,646.

Currently, 111 patients are in intensive care, with 51 requiring ventilator support.

in his daily Covid-19 update on Tuesday (Dec 22), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said four cases were imported infections, while the rest were local transmissions.

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Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor continued to record the highest increase of the day out of all states with 1,014 confirmed cases, or 49.2% of Tuesday's total.

This is followed by Kuala Lumpur with 504 or 24.4% of the total number of cases and Sabah with 252 cases (12.2%).

There are 120 new cases reported from prison and detention centre clusters, which is about 5.8% of Tuesday's tally.

This includes the Tembok Gajah cluster which saw 88 new cases and the Jalan Harapan prison cluster with 24 cases.

The number of new local cases in the remaining states are: Johor with 167 cases, Negri Sembilan (57), Penang (23), Perak (17), Melaka (nine), Pahang (six), Kedah (five), Kelantan (four), Labuan (two) and Putrajaya (two).

Sarawak, Terengganu and Perlis recorded no new cases.

On the sole death on Tuesday, Dr Noor Hisham said the deceased was a 69-year-old foreign man with a history of stroke.

The man was brought to the Labuan Hospital and was declared dead on arrival.

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