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Covid-19: Malaysia's daily cases drop to 941, lowest in four months

KUALA LUMPUR (March 29): Malaysia's new Covid-19 infections dropped to 941 today, bringing cumulative confirmed infections to 342,885, the Health Ministry said.

This is the lowest daily figure in four months, and the first time the country saw less than 1,000 new cases since Dec 9, 2020, when 959 infections were reported.

There were five Covid-19-related deaths in the latest 24-hour reporting period, taking the nationwide death toll to 1,260.

Two deaths were reported in Sarawak, two in Sabah and one in Selangor. They comprised four Malaysians and one foreigner, and were aged between 42 and 82 years.

Selangor again had the most number of new cases with 219, followed by Sarawak (192), Johor (171), and Penang (164), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

He said in a statement that 933 of the latest cases were local transmissions, comprising 653 Malaysians and 280 foreigners, while the remaining eight were imported cases.

He said 1,097 patients were discharged today, lifting the tally of recoveries across the country to 327,406 or 95.5% of overall infections.

Active cases dropped to 14,219, from 14,380 reported yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said three more Covid-19 clusters have been identified, of which two are linked to workplaces and one is a community infection.

The two workplace clusters are the Seksyen 16 cluster (18 infections), which spans the Hulu Langat and Sepang districts in Selangor, and the Jalan Azlan cluster (nine infections), covering Kepong and Titiwangsa districts in Kuala Lumpur as well as Kuala Langat district in Selangor.

Meanwhile, the lone community infection cluster — Taman Vistagro cluster in Sri Aman, Sarawak — saw 18 infections.

To date, 1,350 clusters have been identified in the country, of which 977 have been declared ended.

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