KUALA LUMPUR (March 17): Malaysia today registered 1,219 new Covid-19 cases, a slight increase from the 1,063 reported yesterday, yet marking the 12th consecutive day that new cases stayed below the 2,000 mark.

This brought total coronavirus infections in the country to 327,253, according to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

In a statement today, he revealed that another two deaths — two Malaysians aged 58 and 75 respectively — were reported in Sabah. Both of them died at the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan.

Selangor topped the list of states with the most number of new cases at 499, followed by Sarawak (225 cases) and Johor (169).

Other states with fresh infections today were Penang (69), Kuala Lumpur (54), Negeri Sembilan (46), Perak (36), Sabah (31), Kedah (26), Melaka (20), Kelantan (19), Terengganu (15), Putrajaya (five), Pahang (three), Labuan (one) and Perlis (one).

Noor Hisham added that 1,346 new recoveries were recorded today, outnumbering new confirmed cases for 21 straight days. This brought the country's active cases down to 15,075, the lowest level since Dec 18 last year (15,140).

Total Covid-19 recoveries stood at 310,958 or 95% of overall infections.

Meanwhile, 154 cases of Covid-19 were being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 64 of them needing respiratory assistance.

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