Covid-19: New cases drop sharply to 6,999 after yesterday’s record-breaking high of 9,020

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Malaysia reported 6,999 new Covid-19 cases today, after a record-breaking high of 9,020 new infections yesterday.

Director-general of Health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the fresh cases have raised the cumulative national caseload to 565,533.

By state, Selangor still accounts for the highest number of reported cases, with 2,477 new infections today, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan with 616 and 612 cases, respectively.

As for other states, there were 514 in Sarawak, 190 in Sabah, 433 in Johor, 248 in Penang, 468 in Negri Sembilan, 212 in Perak, 422 in Kedah, 202 in Malacca, 239 in Pahang, 214 in Terengganu, and 133 in Labuan.

Putrajaya and Perlis reported the least number of cases with 13 and seven cases, respectively.

The daily tally crossed the 9,000 mark for the first time yesterday.

Bernama

Noor Hisham said yesterday was a dark day for the nation, when 98 people died from the virus, pushing the cumulative death toll up to 2,650.

He said the mortuary facilities in public hospitals had reached maximum capacity, making it difficult to accommodate all the bodies.

He added that the 76,000 active case total yesterday was also more than the national healthcare system could handle.

He said doctors are forced to make the difficult choice of prioritising intensive care unit beds for patients more likely to recover.

On Friday, 73,776 people received a jab – 46,446 receiving the first dose and 27,330 their second dose – bringing the total number of people to have received at least one dose to 2,786,152, as of May 28.

Of these, 1,771,810 have received their first dose while 1,014,342 their second dose. – TMI