Malaysia records 2,451 new COVID-19 cases

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Malaysia continues to record four-figure new COVID-19 cases with 2,451 cases yesterday, with 1,401 recoveries, five new clusters and five deaths.

Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that, to date, cumulative positive cases were 133,559 while active cases with infectivity stood at 26,185.

“Of the total number of new cases, five are imported cases while local transmissions are 2,446 cases, of which, 1,858 are Malaysians and 588 are foreigners,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said Selangor reported the highest number of daily new cases with 564, followed by Sabah (409) and Negeri Sembilan (351).

Dr Noor Hisham said the fatalities involved five local men aged 60 to 87, of which, three of them died in Johor and two in Selangor. All of them have chronic illnesses.

He added that 177 COVID-19 positive cases were currently treated at the Intensive Care Unit with 82 cases requiring intubation.

From the total number of new cases yesterday, he said 327 cases were related to clusters in lock-ups, immigration detention depots and prisons.

Dr Noor Hisham said five new clusters were reported yesterday as well as two workplace clusters. Dr Noor Hisham said thus far, 581 clusters had been reported with 325 clusters declared closed.

This brings the total number of active clusters being monitored to 256, with 58 recording additional cases yesterday.

Volunteers wearing personal protective equipment distribute leaflet during an awareness campaign in Labuan. PHOTO: BERNAMA