Over 3,000 new cases for third day in a row

PUTRAJAYA: Covid-19 cases in the country continued its ascendancy, with daily figures for new cases staying past 3,000 for the third day in a row.

In his daily Covid-19 update, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reported 3,788 new cases in the country yesterday.

The country saw 3,142 new cases on Wednesday and 3,332 on Thursday.

“Selangor has the highest number of new cases out of all states, recording 1,265 infections, which is 33.4% of the country’s total.

“Of Selangor’s figure, 81.4% or 1,030 cases were those uncovered from infection clusters and contact tracing activities, ” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement yesterday.

Another 235 cases in Selangor are sporadic and detected from other Covid-19 screening activities.

Eight other states registered three-digit cases – Sarawak (760), Kelantan (464), Kuala Lumpur (255), Penang (250), Johor (160), Negri Sembilan (136), Kedah (136) and Perak (118).

Cumulatively, Malaysia has recorded 408,713 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Another 14 people in the country died of Covid-19, taking Malaysia’s death toll to 1,506.

“Six of the deaths are in Selangor, five in Sarawak, two are in Johor, and one in Negri Sembilan.

“There were 13 Malaysians and one foreign citizen, ” said Dr Noor Hisham, adding that most of the deceased had underlying conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Danger ahead: A sign reminding people that they are entering a red zone amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur.Danger ahead: A sign reminding people that they are entering a red zone amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur.

There were two cases which were declared as “dead on arrival” – a 77-year-old man with heart disease sent to Klang’s Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, and a 66-year-old foreign woman with diabetes and hypertension, who was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

There are currently 328 patients being treated at intensive care units (ICU) nationwide, with 161 requiring ventilator support.

Another 2,640 patients were discharged yesterday, taking the total recoveries to 377,980 – a rate of 92.5%.

There were also 17 more Covid-19 clusters detected by the Health Ministry, taking the total number of active clusters to 390.

Dr Noor Hisham said five clusters were community outbreaks, five were workplace outbreaks, four were education sector-related, and one each came from an old folks home, a detention centre and a religious event.

One of the clusters is an outbreak linked to an education centre in Dataran Sentral, Seremban, with the index case testing positive on April 28 after developing symptoms.

“The cluster involves staff and students of the education centre in Jalan Dataran Sentral 3.

“To date, 151 individuals were screened and 96 tested positive, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Another new cluster is an outbreak at a school at Section 11 in Shah Alam, where 37 cases have been confirmed.

Dr Noor Hisham said 365 staff and students had been screened so far.

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