KUALA LUMPUR (May 3): Malaysia reported a lower number of new infections today but the daily number remained at above 2,000-level.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), there were 2,500 Covid-19 cases as of noon today, compared with 3,418 yesterday, bringing the number of active cases which carry high transmission risks to 30,753 — the highest since Feb 24.
Selangor registered 637 cases, followed by Kelantan with 401 and Sarawak with 356. All but four of the new cases were local infections, comprising 2,301 Malaysians and 195 foreigners.
Meanwhile, there were 18 deaths reported today — seven in Selangor, three in Kuala Lumpur, two each in Sarawak and Kelantan and one each in Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Johor and Sabah. The country's pandemic death toll increased to 1,551.
A total of 2,068 new recoveries were reported, bringing total recoveries to 385,208, or 92.3% of all cases.
Meanwhile, 352 patients are in intensive care units, with 186 requiring respiratory help.
As of today, Malaysia has had 417,512 confirmed Covid-19 cases since February last year.
Nine new cluster detected
MOH reported nine new infection clusters today — three clusters each from communities and workplaces, two in education centres and one in detention centres.
The three new community clusters are Lorong Galing in Pahang, Jalan Dahlia Lima (Melaka) and Bunga Raya (Kedah).
The new workplace-related clusters are Industri Mahkota 2 in Selangor, Jalan Jati Industri (Johor) and Tok Has (Terengganu).
The new education centres clusters are Jalan Bandar in Johor and Indera Mahkota Dua (Pahang).
The sole new detention centre cluster is Jalan Meru Utama in Perak.
To date, Malaysia has identified 1,689 Covid-19 clusters, of which 1,291 have been declared ended, leaving 398 active clusters.
The clusters that reported the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases today were Jalan Padang Tembak (85 cases), Sebatu (47) and Kampung Batu Sembilan (37).
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