KUALA LUMPUR (April 28): Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases jumped to 3,142 today — the highest in four months, bringing the number of active cases that have high transmission risks to 26,719 in the country.
The last time the country reported more than 3,000 new cases was on Dec 24 last year with 3,545 confirmed infections in a single day.
This is the 13 consecutive day that the daily new cases have stayed above 2,000, bringing cumulative confirmed infections in the country to 401,593.
Selangor's daily new cases climbed to 1,019 — from 750 the day before — lifting the state's tally so far to 130,542, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Among the new cases in Selangor today, 759 were detected from screening of close contacts of Covid-19 patients, 196 from other Covid-19 screenings, 60 cases from the existing and new Covid-19 clusters, while four were imported.
This was followed by Kelantan with 523 cases, Kuala Lumpur (440) and Sarawak (416), said MOH in the statement.
Fifteen deaths were reported as of noon today, raising total fatalities from the coronavirus in the country to 1,477.
The number of active cases climbed further to 26,719 — marking the 10th consecutive day of staying above the 20,000 mark. There are 306 patients in intensive care units with 151 of them needing respiratory assistance, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
New recoveries came in lower than new infections at 1,822 today, with total recoveries now standing at 373,397.
Among the new infections, 3,129 were local transmissions while the remaining 13 cases were imported.
As for the latest fatalities, six were reported in Sarawak, two in Kelantan, with one each in Johor, Selangor, Sabah, Penang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang. The deceased were all Malaysians between 30 and 84 years of age.
12 more clusters identified
The ministry identified 12 new Covid-19 clusters, including four community clusters, two Education Ministry clusters, two education clusters, two workplace clusters, while the remaining are religious centre and high-risk group clusters.
The total number of active clusters in the country currently is 370.
The four community clusters were the Ulu Strass cluster in Sarawak (25 infections so far), the Jalan Maharajalela cluster involving Kedah and Kuala Lumpur (12), the Taman Wira cluster in Johor (26), and the Pintu Air Relau cluster in Kedah (31).
The two Education Ministry clusters were the Melugu cluster in Sarawak (13) and the Madai cluster in Sabah (30).
Meanwhile, the two education clusters were the Layar Hujung cluster in Kedah (23) and the Jalan Gombak Dua cluster which spans Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (19).
Dr Noor Hisham said, the two other workplace clusters were the Jalan Rimbunan cluster, which spread to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (22), and the Jalan Bakariah cluster in Johor (10).
The remaining clusters were the Jalan Sekinchan cluster in Selangor (23) and the Leboh Gambus cluster in Selangor (61).
To date, 1,626 clusters have been reported in the country while 1,256 have been declared ended.
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