Malaysia records 2,018 new COVID-19 cases, third highest since start

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – Malaysia reported 2,018 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, the third highest daily tally since the pandemic hit the country.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was also one fatality reported overnight, adding that the latest figures took the COVID-19 infection tally to 16,496 cases with 438 deaths. “Of the new cases, seven are imported who got infected abroad, while 2,011 cases were local transmissions,” he told a media conference on COVID-19 developments yesterday.

He said Selangor continued to report the highest number of infections with 1,204 cases, in which 1,115 of them are from clusters and close contact screenings, followed by Johor (278 cases) and Sabah (247 cases).

There were 1,084 recoveries reported bringing the number of recoveries to 78,393 cases, Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that 109 cases were being treated at the intensive care unit, with 55 of them intubated.

People walk along the Saloma Link Bridge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: AFP