Covid-19: Whopping 2,188 New Cases

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Malaysia recorded 2,188 new Covid-19 cases today, the country’s highest single-day count since the pandemic began.

This eclipsed yesterday’s 1,884 positive cases. The new figures bring the tally of infections to 58,847, including 14,353 active cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said all the new cases were of local transmission.

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He said Selangor contributed the highest number of new cases with 1,623 or 74.2 percent of the total, followed by Sabah (232) and Perak (112).

The majority of cases in Selangor involved the Teratai cluster with 1,511 cases.

The Teratai cluster is linked to Top Glove facilities where infections have been spreading in workers’ hostels. The government has ordered the closure of 28 of the glove maker’s factories in Klang in stages, to facilitate Covid-19 testing.

Meanwhile, he said other existing clusters recorded 107 cases (4.9 percent) and they are from the Tembok cluster (103), Penjara Seberang Perai cluster (2), Penjara Kepayan cluster (1) and Penjara Sandakan cluster (1).

Today’s new cases also exceeded recoveries.

Dr Noor Hisham said that 1,673 patients have been discharged, adding to the cumulative total recoveries to 44,153 cases.

“112 patients are currently being treated in the intensive care units, with 49 requiring ventilator support,” he said.

He added that four fatalities were recorded today, bringing the total deaths due to Covid-19 to 341.

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Of the four deaths, one of them, an 84-year-old Malaysian male with chronic illnesses, died in Penang, while the other three died in Sabah.

The Sabah deaths involved a 41-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, both of whom had no known underlying conditions.