Malaysia’s new cases cross record 20,000 mark

SINGAPORE (CNA) – New COVID-19 cases in Malaysia crossed the 20,000 mark for the first time yesterday, as the country set a record number of daily infections for a second consecutive day.

Malaysia reported 20,596 new infections yesterday, according to data released by the Health Ministry.

Infections in the Klang Valley once again accounted for more than half of the daily caseload. Selangor reported the highest number of infections among states with 8,549 new cases, while Kuala Lumpur reported 2,163.

New infections exceeded 1,000 in four states – Kedah with 1,446, Johor with 1,300, Sabah with 1,062 and Penang with 1,022.

There were also 989 new cases in Negeri Sembilan, 916 in Perak, 772 in Kelantan, 759 in Sarawak, 622 in Melaka, 501 in Terengganu and 426 in Pahang.

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was yesterday granted conditional approval for emergency use in Malaysia.

The health ministry will continue to evaluate the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine to ensure its benefits outweigh the risks, said Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Malaysia has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections since July, breaking single-day records for new infections and deaths. New daily cases have not fallen below the 10,000 mark since July 12.

Malaysia reported 20,596 new infections yesterday, according to data released by the Health Ministry. PHOTO: BERNAMA