Malaysia hits another record of 9,353 cases today

KUALA LUMPUR: New Covid-19 cases in Malaysia hit another record high of 9,353 today, compared to 9,180 yesterday, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

This brought Malaysia’s cumulative tally of infections to 827,191 cases, he said via a Twitter post today.

Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor continued to record the highest number of new cases with 4,277 cases followed by Kuala Lumpur 1,398; Melaka (835); Negeri Sembilan (638); and Johor (399).

Meanwhile, Kedah reported 364 cases, followed by Sarawak (352); Sabah (251); Pahang (247); Penang (180); Perak (145); Kelantan (89); Labuan (85); Terengganu (50); Putrajaya (39) and Perlis (four), he added.

In a statement later, Dr Noor Hisham said 9,353 new infections were reported today, of which 9,342 were local transmissions involving 6,645 Malaysians and 2,697 foreigners, while there were 11 imported cases involving three Malaysians and eight foreigners.

There were also 5,910 recovered cases today, taking the total number of recoveries to 737,103 cases or 89.1 per cent, while active cases now stand at 84,021.

“87 new fatalities were reported and the country’s death toll now stands at 6,067 people or 0.73 per cent of the total number of cases,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said 959 people were being treated in the intensive care unit, 451 of them requiring respiratory support.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry (MOH) detected 29 new clusters, involving 19 in the workplace, five in the community, three detention centre clusters, and two involving high-risk groups.

Among the workplace clusters identified were Tapak Bina Jalan Tanjung Puteri, Tapak Bina Selabu, Susur Enam Larkin, Jalan Lombong Dua, Jalan Pendas Laut, PLO Jalan Emas (Johor); Jalan Membalua, KKIP Empat Timur, Balak Penangah (Sabah); Jalan Dua Salak Tinggi, Industri Perigi Lapan, Industri Jalan Perajurit Satu, Industri Jalan Perajurit Dua and Industri Taman Ehsan (Selangor)

Other workplace clusters were Jalan Solaris, Tapak Bina Jalil Utama 2 (Kuala Lumpur); Industri Lot Q (Terengganu); and Tapak Bina Jalan Tengku Abdul Samad and Jalan Gebeng 2/3 (Pahang).

The ones in the community were Sri Bunian (Johor); Rebana Jernih (Melaka); Sungai Setajam (Sarawak); Taman Grandview (Sabah) and Sri Rakyat (Kuala Lumpur) while detention centre clusters were Tembok Sri Aman 2; Pagar Serian and Semuja in Sarawak.

Dr Noor Hisham said high-risk group clusters were detected in Jalan Sri Siantan in Selangor and Taman Jaya in Kuala Lumpur.

He also said that the country’s Covid-19 infectivity rate (Rt) now stands at 1.11, with Putrajaya having the highest rate at 1.19.

States that recorded Rt rates higher than 1.0 were Perak (1.17), Kuala Lumpur (1.16), Selangor (1.16), Kedah (1.13), Pahang (1.11), Sabah (1.10), Terengganu (1.08), Melaka (1.05) and Negeri Sembilan (1.04), he said. – Bernama