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Covid-19: Malaysia records 1,340 new cases, four new deaths and three new clusters

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 20): Malaysia recorded 1,340 new Covid-19 cases today, three of which were imported, as well as four new deaths as of 12pm, reported the Ministry of Health.

This brought the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 93,309, with the number of fatalities rising to 437 or 0.47% of total cases, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, 1,067 patients recovered today, raising the total number of recoveries to 77,309 or 82.9% of total confirmed cases. Active cases climbed to 15,563.

Selangor continued to lead with the highest number of infections with 441 reported today, including one imported case, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 284 cases, Sabah with 196, Negeri Sembilan with 169, and Johor with 156. Sarawak had three new cases, two of which were imported.

In a statement today, the ministry said the four deaths were all men — aged between 63 and 78 — one of whom was a foreigner. One died in Selangor, one in Penang, while two passed away in Sabah.

Three new clusters with 208 cases identified

The ministry also identified three new infection clusters today with 208 cases among them, while noting three others have ended with no more new cases reported for 28 days.

The three new clusters are: Tapak Bina Metropolis Kuala Lumpur (147 cases), Estate Maju in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (28 cases), and Batu 39 in Pontian, Johor (28 cases).

These raised the number of clusters reported in the country to 443, of which 244 have ended — including the three today, namely Saga, Tatahan and Sakti, all in Sabah. This leaves 199 active clusters that are still being monitored.

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