Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases rises to 3,418, as Selangor sees jump in infections to 1,200

KUALA LUMPUR (May 2): Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases rose back above the 3,000 level today, after Selangor recorded a jump in infections to 1,200.

Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 3,418 cases were reported as of noon, compared with 2,881 yesterday, raising the country's total number of infections to 415,012.

A total of 2,698 patients were discharged in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 383,140, for a recovery rate of 92.3%.

Despite this, active cases exceeded the 30,000 mark to reach 30,339, as of noon.

Of this, 345 patients were being treated in the ICU – a fresh record for the third consecutive day – while 175 patients were on the ventilator.

There were 12 new Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,533 or 0.37% of all cases, Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement.

Selangor's 1,200 new cases compares with 759 yesterday, while Sarawak also saw a rise in cases to 587 from 445.

Elsewhere, Kelantan registered 400 cases, Johor 213, Kuala Lumpur 198, Terengganu 184, Penang 145, Sabah 115, Kedah 101, Perak 77, Negeri Sembilan 73, Melaka 61, Pahang 45, Putrajaya eight, Labuan seven, and Perlis four.

Dr Noor Hisham said 11 new clusters were detected in the 24 hours as of noon today, including five community clusters.

Four other clusters were linked to the education sector, and another two to the workplace.

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