Malaysia daily COVID cases exceed 6,000 again

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR) – Malaysia’s COVID-19 daily figures returned to the 6,000 mark on day 18 of the national lockdown.

In a daily COVID-19 update, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed 6,440 new cases yesterday, bringing the cumulative total to 685,204.

Daily cases had been below 6,000 since June 12.

The number of recoveries continued to outnumber new cases for 12 days straight, as 6,861 more patients were discharged yesterday.

Selangor remained the state with the highest number of cases, with 2,095 reported.

More than half of Selangor’s cases were detected from contact tracing. The rest were cases linked to clusters (134) and sporadic infections (763). Dr Noor Hisham also reported 74 more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 4,276.

Selangor had the most number of deaths with 28, while the rest were recorded in Negri Sembilan (nine), Sarawak (seven), Johor (seven), Sabah (six), Labuan (five), Kuala Lumpur (four), Melaka (three), Pahang (two), Perak (one), Terengganu (one) and Kedah (one).

Of the 74 deaths, 68 are Malaysian citizens while six are foreigners.

Volunteers put on protective suits before burying the body of coronavirus victims in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AFP