Malaysia’s total Covid-19 cases breach 150,000 mark


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s new daily Covid-19 cases remains above 3,000 as the country’s cumulative tally breaches the 150,000 mark.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 3,211 new cases were recorded yesterday, which was the third-highest daily figure.

The highest was 3,337 cases recorded on Thursday and since the pandemic began, the country has dealt with a total of 151,066 cases.Dr Noor Hisham said currently, a total of 35,233 individuals were considered as active Covid-19 cases and were being treated in hospitals and low-risk quarantine centres.“A record number of 204 patients are now under intensive care with 87 requiring ventilator support, ” he said in a statement.

“Selangor continues recording the highest new cases with 889 followed by Johor (535), Sabah (514) and Kuala Lumpur (401), ” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said the health ministry had identified 12 new Covid-19 clusters, bringing the number of active ones in the country to 284.

The new clusters are in Johor (three), Selangor (two), Sabah (two) and one each in Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan, Perak, Melaka and Putrajaya.

On existing active clusters, Dr Noor Hisham said the one with the biggest increase was Johor’s Bukit Pasir cluster which recorded 171 new cases.

The Bukit Pasir cluster was first detected on Dec 28 and is linked to a workplace in Muar.

To date, it has 1,640 positive cases.

The country’s biggest cluster – the Teratai cluster – also continued to record new infections with 27 more confirmed cases.

Linked to glove manufacturer Top Glove, the Teratai cluster has 6,934 positive cases since it was first classified by the Health Ministry on Nov 7.

Dr Noor Hisham also said 1,939 patients were discharged yesterday, which means 115,227 people in the country had recovered from Covid-19.

Eight people died due to the coronavirus yesterday, raising the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 586.

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