PETALING JAYA: Malaysia marked another grim day on Sunday (May 9) after recording 26 deaths - the highest number of fatalities recorded in a single day so far - bringing the cumulative death toll to 1,683.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 416 cases that are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), while there are another 216 cases that require respiratory aid.
The 26 deaths consisted of seven cases in Selangor, six cases in Kuala Lumpur, four cases in Johor, and three cases each in Kelantan and Pahang, two cases in Penang and one in Sarawak.
He said in a statement on Sunday that the deaths involved those aged between 46 and 90, and most of them had preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney diseases and cancer among others.
Dr Noor Hisham also said there were 3,733 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 440,677.
Out of the 3,733 cases, six cases were imported cases while local cases stood at 3,727, he said.
He also said Selangor once again took the lead with 1,278 cases, followed by Sarawak (454), Johor (365), Kuala Lumpur (338) and Penang (280).
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also said there were 13 new clusters, of which five are linked to workplaces, while five are linked to community outbreaks.
In Muar, Johor, a workplace cluster at Kawasan Industri Dua had 100 positive cases after 124 individuals were screened.
Dr Noor Hisham also said there were 37,060 active cases at the moment who are being treated at quarantine centres and hospitals across the country.
There were 3,211 recoveries, bringing up the cumulative number of recoveries to 401,934, with a recovery rate of 91.2%, he added.