Malaysia has recorded 1,240 new Covid-19 cases today, the highest daily tally so far, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said the latest development took the cumulative tally for positive cases to 27,805, while the number of active cases with infectivity potential stood at 9,744.
Only two of today’s cases were imported, while the rest were local transmissions.
He said that of the new daily total, Sabah continued to record the highest tally, with 927 cases or 74.8 percent of the total number of cases.
“The number of cases in Sabah has spiked again due to the positive cases in the Kepayan Prison, which recorded 439 cases following more active case detections being carried out in the state.
“Other than that, the mobilisation of health workers has helped efforts to carry out field screening as well as medical treatment,” he said in a press conference on the development of Covid-19 today.
Sabah has now recorded the highest daily Covid-19 cases for 20 consecutive days, with the caseload in the state since the onset of the pandemic now standing at 12,736.
Dr Noor Hisham added that 9,774 patients are still receiving treatment in hospital, while 691 were declared fully recovered and discharged today, bringing the total number of those discharged to 17,825.
Three more clusters were detected in Sabah, Negri Sembilan and Perak today.
Malaysia also reported seven deaths today, taking overall fatalities to 236.
All the deaths in the past 24 hours were reported in Sabah.