Dr Noor Hisham: Fresh Covid-19 infections dip to 17,352 but over 5,000 in Sabah and Sarawak

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A health worker preparing to administer a Covid-19 test in Puchong, February 28, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
A health worker preparing to administer a Covid-19 test in Puchong, February 28, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases declined to 17,352 today, despite an increase in Sabah and Sarawak that contributed over 5,000 new infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sarawak reported 3,714 new infections while Sabah registered 1,844 cases, the two sandwiched by Selangor’s 2,126 and Johor’s 2,101 new cases.

Numbers in Kuala Lumpur continued on a downward trend with only 398 new cases reported today, as Kedah (1,599), Penang (1,558), Kelantan (1,213) and Perak (1,082) all registered more than 1,000 new cases over the last day.

Terengganu reported 674 new cases, Pahang with 573, Melaka with 368, Negri Sembilan with 252 new infections, 65 in Perlis, 29 in Putrajaya, and just four new cases in Labuan.

Dr Noor Hisham in his full statement said from today’s new cases, 15,122 were locals while 2,222 involved foreign nationals, with 252,668 currently active cases.

He also reported 30 new infection clusters detected over the last day, 16 of which were from workplaces spread across Johor, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu, Penang, Sabah and Kuala Lumpur.

Seven new clusters were from community infections in Kelantan, Sarawak and Terengganu, four among high-risk groups in Perak and Sarawak, two from private education institutions in Johor and Selangor, and one from a detention centre in Sabah.

Dr Noor Hisham also reported 20,201 more recoveries, bringing the discharged rate to 84.5 per cent or 1.59 million recoveries.

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