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Covid-19: Malaysia reports 1,828 new cases, five deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (March 1): Malaysia today saw 1,828 new Covid-19 cases — the lowest in 56 days — bringing the total number of infections in the country to 302,580.

With more recoveries than new positive cases today, total active cases continued to decline to 25,542.

Among the total active cases today, 198 patients were being treated in intensive care units, with 90 requiring respiratory assistance.

A total of 2,486 patients were cured and discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 275,903, according to a tweet by the Ministry of Health (MoH) today.

Out of the new cases today, seven were imported, while the remaining 1,821 cases were local transmission, of which 1,058 involved Malaysians, while 763 involved foreigners, said MoH director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today.

Negeri Sembilan reported 167 cases, while Perak has 144 and Sabah has 104. These were followed by Penang (85), Kuala Lumpur (75), Kelantan (36), Kedah (16), Terengganu (15), Melaka (eight), Pahang (eight), Putrajaya (six) and Perlis (one). Labuan reported no new cases today.

Selangor has just breached 100,000 cases so far and continues to lead with the most cumulative infections. Sabah is in second place with 52,990 total cases, followed by Johor with 36,447 and Kuala Lumpur with 35,048.

Additionally, Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 113 cases were related to clusters in lock-ups, immigration detention depots, and prisons involving the Tembok Tapah cluster (80 cases), Telok Mas cluster (seven), Tembok Pengkalan Chepa cluster (seven), Tembok Taiping cluster (six), Seberang Perai Prison cluster (five), Tembok Bendera cluster (four), Jalan Sungai Jelok prison cluster (three), and Tembok Bukit Besi cluster (one).

Meanwhile, there were five deaths reported today, bringing the total number of Covid-19 fatalities to 1,135 thus far. All of the deceased were Malaysians, namely two men and three women aged between 32 and 81 years. Two were from Sabah, while another two were from Kuala Lumpur and one was from Melaka.

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