KUALA LUMPUR (May 10): Malaysia recorded 3,807 new daily Covid-19 cases today — up from 3,733 yesterday — pushing the number of active cases, which carry high transmission risks, to 37,396 — the ninth straight day of staying above the 30,000 mark.
The number of active cases is at the highest level since Jan 17, when 37,782 were reported then.
Selangor topped the list again with most Covid-19 infections at 1,149, followed by Sarawak with 649 cases, Kelantan (329) and Kuala Lumpur (320). Selangor’s total infections reached 144,419 — the highest among all states and federal territories.
The country’s cumulative infections increased to 444,484, according to the Health Ministry.
Sadly, 17 more deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, lifting the death toll to 1,700, said health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.
The fatalities — involving 16 Malaysians and one foreigner — were reported in Selangor (four cases), Penang (three), Melaka (three), Kuala Lumpur (two), Sarawak (two); while one each in Sabah, Kedah and Kelantan.
Full recoveries continued to lag behind new infections today at 3,454. Total recoveries now stand at 405,388 or 91.2% of overall infections.
As the number of active cases continued an upward trend, the need for intensive care units (ICUs) also appeared to be accelerating with 434 Covid-19 patients now in ICUs nationwide. Of the ICU patients, 224 required ventilators to breathe. This is the highest number of patients in ICUs and on ventilators recorded in a single day.
On clusters, the ministry announced 19 more Covid-19 clusters, of which seven are linked to workplaces, five are linked to religious activities, five are community infections, while the remaining two are education clusters.
The clusters detected were in Selangor, Johor, Penang, Kedah, Sabah, Pahang, Kelantan, Sarawak, Terengganu and Perak.
The number of active clusters now increased to 448. So far, 1,807 clusters have been reported in the country while 1,359 have been declared ended.
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