Covid-19 cases continue to surge

PETALING JAYA: New Covid-19 cases continue to spike with 3,332 recorded nationwide and with Selangor recording the most with 1,083.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a statement, said the new cases in Selangor included 36 from existing clusters, 705 from close contact screening and a further 342 from other testing.

Sarawak recorded 522 new cases, with 48 from existing clusters, 404 from close contacts screening and 70 others from other testing.

Dr Noor Hisham said Kelantan recorded 401 cases, with 99 from existing clusters, 233 from close contact screening and 69 from other testing.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur recorded 359 cases, said Dr Noor Hisham, with 205 from close contacts screening along with nine import cases, a further 141 from various testing and four from active clusters.

As of yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said there were 28,093 active cases and 1,943 recoveries recorded –bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 375,340 since the start of the outbreak last year.

He added there were 15 deaths, involving 14 locals and one foreigner, bringing the death toll to 1,492.

At the same time, Dr Noor Hisham said 309 cases are still being treated in intensive care, with 147 cases requiring ventilator support.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also said 12 new Covid-19 clusters were recorded, bringing the total number of active clusters to 378.

“A total of 83 clusters recorded an increase in new cases, ” he added.

On Jan 7, the daily Covid-19 figures breached the 3,000 mark for the first time where 3,027 new cases were recorded.

The number of cases remained high early in the year, with over 3,000 Covid-19 cases for eight days in a row beginning Jan 14 and hitting a record 5,725 cases on Jan 29.

On March 29, the number of daily Covid-19 cases dipped below 1,000 with 941 cases, but it has since shown a steady increase in the following days, with 3,142 cases recorded on April 28.

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