New Covid-19 cases continue to exceed recoveries, five fatalities bring death toll to 1,313


PETALING JAYA: New daily Covid-19 cases continue to exceed recoveries after 1,854 new cases were detected in the country on Friday (April 9) against 1,247 patients discharged.

Read more here: Covid-19: 1,854 new cases, Sarawak tops list at 555

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cumulative discharge number now stood at 341,489 while there are still 14,805 active cases throughout the country.

On Sarawak recording its highest daily numbers so far with 555 cases, he said the increase is due to clusters and community infections including longhouses.

"The factors that contributed to the increase in cases are social and mass gathering activities such as funerals, weddings and others," he said in a statement.

Sarawak was followed by Selangor (403 cases) and Penang (176).

Of the country's new cases, 1,834 were locally transmitted while 20 were imported.

Of Friday's new cases, 58 were detected from prison and Immigration detention depot clusters namely the Jalan Harapan prison cluster (25 cases), Tembok Sri Aman cluster (three), Tembok Muhasabah cluster (13), Teluk Mas cluster (11), Pengkalan Chepa cluster (four), DTI Sepang cluster (one), and the Tembok Tapah cluster (one).

Currently, 169 patients are in intensive care, with 79 requiring ventilator support.

Five deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 1,313.

To date, 357,607 Covid-19 cases have been detected in the country.

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