Another unwanted record as deaths hit 126

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 126 Covid-19 deaths yesterday, the highest single-day figure since the outbreak hit the country last year.

It brings the nation’s Covid-19 death toll to 2,993, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The previous record for daily fatalities was 98 cases on May 29.

He said Selangor reported 29 deaths, Kuala Lumpur (18), Negri Sembilan (14), Kelantan (12), Johor (11) and Kedah (10).

Labuan recorded eight deaths while Melaka and Terengganu saw five individuals succumbing to the virus.

Sarawak reported four deaths, Pahang (three), Sabah, Putrajaya and Perak (two each) and Penang had one death.

“There are 878 individuals being treated in intensive care units with 441 requiring ventilator support.

“In the last 24 hours, 5,777 Covid-19 patients recovered, bringing the cumulative recovery to 501,898, while the number of active cases stood at 82,274, ” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement yesterday.

A total of 7,703 new cases were recorded, bringing the cumulative figure to 587,165.

The Health Ministry also said 22 new clusters were identified, of which 11 were workplace clusters. This raised the cumulative total to 674.

These clusters were found in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Johor, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Perak and Penang.

Seven community clusters were identified in Johor, Sarawak, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Kedah and Perak.

The ministry also recorded a new cluster at the Kemayan Immigration Depot, with 40 cases recorded so far.

Dr Noor Hisham also expressed his concern over the rise in cases among children below the age of five.

“The ministry hopes that all information by us on this issue will make all parties, especially parents and guardians, aware of Covid-19 infection among children.

“All parties, especially parents, are urged to prioritise the safety and health of their children as they are still growing and their immune system is still developing.

“This group is also not yet eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, ” he said.

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