Covid-19: 2,340 new confirmed infections today; 7th day new daily cases at above 2,000 level

KUALA LUMPUR (April 21): The number of daily Covid-19 cases remained above the 2,000 level today with 2,340 new cases detected as of noon today, compared with 2,341 cases yesterday. This is the seventh consecutive day that daily cases have stayed above 2,000.

The latest additions raised the tally of Covid-19 confirmed cases in the country to 381,813. Of the new cases, 12 were imported infections.

There were also 11 Covid-19 related deaths reported in the last 24 hours, nine of which were local. This brought Malaysia’s coronavirus death toll to 1,400. Of the new fatalities, six were from Sabah, four from Sarawak and one was from Kuala Lumpur.

The highest number of new cases came from Selangor today, with 529 infections, according to Health diorector-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement. It is followed by Sarawak (with 429 infections), Kelantan (370), and Kuala Lumpur (291 — down from 344 cases yesterday).

There were also 1,910 recoveries today — which brought total recoveries to date to 358,726, which translates to a recovery rate of 93.95%.

As the number of recoveries is lower than new infections, the number of active cases — which carry transmission risks — rose to 21,687.

11 new clusters found

The Health Ministry has identified 11 new infection clusters, comprising three community clusters, three clusters from school/institutions affiliated with the Education Ministry, two workplace clusters, one education cluster, one detention centre cluster and one religious centre cluster.

The three community clusters were found in Sarawak, namely Sungai Lemayong, Duranda Emas and Taman Mesra Bako.

The education centre cluster was at Jalan Langat Ceria in Selangor, while the school/education institution clusters were from Johor (Jalan Anggerik 21), Melaka (Pengkalan Batik) and Kedah (Anggerik Cempaka).

The two workplace clusters were in Putrajaya (Putra Tiga) and Penang (Pintasan Kampung Jawa), while the detention centre cluster was in Johor (Pagar Siput Dua) and the religious cluster was in Penang (Jalan Perai Jaya).

The Ministry has identified 1,552 Covid-19 clusters to date, of which 1,209 have ended, leaving 343 active clusters.

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