Dr Noor Hisham: New Covid-19 cases show uptick in Malaysia, with 5,841 infections recorded today

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Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam June 24, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam June 24, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — The Ministry of Health today announced that 5,841 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the last 24-hour period, compared to 5,244 cases the day before.

This brings the cumulative number of cases in Malaysia to 716,847 since the start of the pandemic early last year.

In a tweet, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that Selangor still held the top spot for new daily cases with 2,072 recorded in the last 24-hour period.

Negri Sembilan and Sarawak followed in second and third place in terms of highest daily cases, with 781 and 581 cases respectively.

Remaining states recording new cases are Kuala Lumpur (552), Johor (346), Kedah (271), Melaka (247), Labuan (212), Sabah (203), Pahang (162), Kelantan (135), Perak (120), Penang (108), Putrajaya (17) and Perlis (five).

“Of today’s 5,841 new cases, 5,833 were from local transmissions, while eight cases were imported from overseas,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said that 84 new deaths were also recorded today, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 4,721.

He added that there are currently 869 Covid-19 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICU), with 438 of them needing ventilators to help them breathe.

On a more positive note, Dr Noor Hisham announced that 5,411 people have recovered from the deadly diseases, bringing the total number of recoveries in Malaysia to 650,964.

Dr Noor Hisham added that 30 new Covid-19 clusters have been detected, with 21 of them connected to workplaces, eight from community transmission and one from a high risk group.

This brings the number of active Covid-19 clusters in the country to 867.

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