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Covid-19 cases rise to 2,148, crossing 2,000 mark for first time in 41 days

KUALA LUMPUR (April 15): New Covid-19 cases in Malaysia increased further today to breach the 2,000 mark with 2,148 cases as Sarawak reported the highest infection cases awith 512, according to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham.

The last time the country registered daily new infections above the 2,000 mark was on March 5 with 2,154 cases.

Meanwhile, Selangor, the most populated state, posted 459 cases while Kelantan reported 221 cases, followed by Sabah (202), Johor (182), Kuala Lumpur (171), Penang (134), Terengganu (57), Melaka (53), Perak (51), Pahang (34), Kedah (26), Putrajaya (8), Labuan (3) and Perlis (1).

Of the new infections, all but 19 were locally transmitted cases.

Ten Covid-19-related deaths were also reported — three in Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan, two in Sarawak and one each in Johor and Sabah.

Also reported were 1,259 new recoveries today, bringing the number of active cases — which carry transmission risks — to 17,575. Total recoveries, meanwhile, stood at 349,039 or 94,9% of all cases.

Meanwhile, the number of patients in intensive care is 212, with 82 requiring respiratory help.

The country also reported additional two new Covid-19 B117 variant cases, bringing the total cases posted in the country to five.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) also identified 15 new infection clusters, with nine from workplaces, while six were classified as community clusters.

The workplace clusters are Kampung Bunut Sarang Burung (50 cases), Kampung Domis (40), Kampung Labok (nine), and Kok Lanas (31) in Kelantan; Jaya Setia (12) and Perabot Olak Lempit (25) in Selangor; Lorong Megah Jaya (18) and Jalan Labuk Tiga (15) in Sabah; and Jalan Radin (10) in Kuala Lumpur.

The community clusters are Biah Skim (10) and Melangkap Tomis (10) in Sabah; Kampung Bechah Semak (36) in Kelantan; Jalan Cempaka Putih (nine) in Johor; Taman Rakyat (26) in Terengganu; and Kampung Pokok Machang (14) in Kedah.

To date, the MoH has identified a total of 1,500 Covid-19 clusters, of which 1,154 have been declared ended, leaving 346 active clusters.

The clusters that reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases today were Jalan Kempas Satu (81 cases), Abak Bon (77) and Telok Mas (45).

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