New Covid-19 cases soared to 9,020 new infections confirmed over the last 24 hours, setting yet another unwanted daily record.
This is the first time the daily toll had crossed the 9,000 mark and the fifth consecutive day that Malaysia has broken its all-time high of daily infections.
The country’s Covid-19 case tally now stands at 558,534 confirmed infections.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a tweet showed how Selangor registered the highest number of new infections with 2,836 cases, followed by Kelantan with 907 new infections.
Negeri Sembilan had the third highest number of cases with 898, followed by Kuala Lumpur (789) and Sarawak (726).
Every state in the country reported cases – Johor (468), Penang (345), Perak (272), Kedah (468), Malacca (340), Pahang (216), Terengganu (189) and Labuan (253).
Putrajaya and Perlis had the lowest number of cases with 29 and 19 infections, respectively.
Health experts earlier warned that the daily tally could hit 10,000 in the coming days due to the high infectivity rate.
Malaysian Public Health Physicians’ Association president Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said the cases that are being reported now are those which dated back to two weeks ago, when Hari Raya was celebrated under movement restrictions limiting the number of people visiting a house at any one time, and gatherings like open houses and banquets were banned.
However, Noor Hisham tweeted earlier today that cases could go up to 13,000 daily, if the infectivity rate rose to 1.2, and if SOP were not adhered to.