Covid-19: Malaysia reports 1,529 new cases today, lowest so far in 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (March 8): Malaysia reported 1,529 new Covid-19 infections today, the lowest daily figure so far this year.

This brought the confirmed cumulative infections in the country to 314,989, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Selangor continued to report the highest number of fresh cases at 726, followed by Sarawak (252) and Johor (120), he said in a statement.

Eight more deaths, one of which involved a foreigner, were registered in the latest 24-hour reporting period, raising the Covid-19 death toll to 1,177.

Two deaths each were reported in Sabah, Penang and Johor, and one each in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak. The deceased were aged between 61 and 89 years.

Dr Noor Hisham said another 2,076 patients were discharged in the 24-hour period, bringing total recoveries in the country to 294,034 or 93.4% of overall infections.

This is the 26th straight day the number of new recoveries exceeded new cases and helped to further reduce the number of active cases to 19,778, the lowest since Dec 26, 2020 (20,035).

Dr Noor Hisham said 1,520 of the new infections were local transmissions (involving 1,177 Malaysians and 343 foreigners) while the remaining nine were imported.

He said 160 of the currently warded patients are being treated in intensive care units with 79 of them needing ventilators to breathe.

The director-general said four new Covid-19 clusters were detected in Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu, of which three were linked to workplaces while one was a community infection.

The three workplace clusters are the Cyber 72 cluster in Kulai, Johor (18 infections), Jalan i-Park Tiga cluster also in Kulai, Johor (eight infections) and the Jalan Loke Yew cluster in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (11 infections).

The lone community infection cluster known as Bukit Bayas, involving Kuala Terengganu, Johor Bahru and Petaling district in Selangor, has 23 infections.

To date, 1,203 clusters have been reported in the country while 736 clusters have been declared ended by the ministry.

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