Malaysia records 1,327 new Covid-19 cases, over half in Selangor, Sarawak, Penang; four deaths

Ida Lim
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1,247 patients have recovered from the coronavirus and were discharged in the last 24-hour period. — Picture by Yusof Isa
1,247 patients have recovered from the coronavirus and were discharged in the last 24-hour period. — Picture by Yusof Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — Malaysia today recorded 1,327 new cases of Covid-19, with more than half of that number detected in Selangor, followed by Sarawak and Penang, the Health Ministry announced.

With the addition of these new Covid-19 cases, the country today breached the 330,000-mark, with 330,040 recorded so far.

Four deaths were also recorded today with all of them being Malaysians, which brings the total number of fatalities in the country so far to 1,233.

Of the four deaths, one death each was recorded in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak and Sarawak, with all aged from 66 to 82 and having other illnesses such as hypertension, heart, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Meanwhile, 1,247 patients have recovered from the coronavirus and were discharged in the last 24-hour period. This brings the total number of patients discharged in Malaysia so far to 317,289, which translates to 95.27 per cent of the cumulative total of 330,040 cases recorded in the country.

There are currently 14,518 active cases or Covid-19 patients under treatment, with 154 of them in the intensive care units (ICUs), including 65 who require respiratory support.

Covid-19 cases by states

Out of the 1,327 new cases today, the bulk or 1,316 are local cases (861 Malaysians, 455 non-citizens), while 11 are imported cases (four Malaysians, seven non-citizens).

Selangor is the state with the highest number of new cases today at 356 cases, followed by Sarawak at 276, Penang (205), Johor (141), Kuala Lumpur (115), Perak (55), Sabah (50), Kedah (30), Kelantan (30), Negri Sembilan (22), Terengganu (18), Pahang (11), Melaka (10), Perlis (five), Putrajaya (three) and none recorded today in Labuan.

Of Selangor’s 356 cases today, 274 were from clusters and active screening of close contacts of Covid-19 patients.

For the month of March up to today, the daily number of new cases have hovered above 1,000 cases but below 2,000 cases, with only two days (March 4 — 2,063, March 5 — 2,154) recording more than 2,000 cases each, past data from the Health Ministry shows.

Five new clusters

Out of the 1,297 clusters recorded in Malaysia so far, 881 of them have ended, while 416 are still active, including five clusters newly recorded today.

These clusters include the Kluster Jalan Permas Baru in the Johor Bahru district involving a factory there with 12 cases detected so far, Kluster Jalan Gemilang Tiga with 53 cases detected so far involving workers of a Johor Bahru factory under the Johor Bahru and Kota Tinggi districts, and 25 detected so far from targeted screening of workers of a construction site at Batu 9, Cheras under the Hulu Langat district in Selangor under the Kluster Tapak Bina Jalan You City.

The two other clusters are Kluster Bukit Tambun involving an education centre at Jalan Bukit Tambun under the Seberang Perai Selatan district in Penang with 16 detected so far, while Kluster D Gana in Keningau, Sabah involving community transmissions saw 20 cases detected so far.

Separately, the government today announced that it would implement the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the district of Keningau in Sabah from March 22 until April 4, in light of the drastic rise in cases detected there and to enable targeted screening, close contact tracing and to control movement of residents there.

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