KUALA LUMPUR (May 12): Malaysia reported a record high of 39 Covid-19 deaths today while new cases rose sharply to 4,765 from 3,973 yesterday.

The new cases are the highest since Jan 31 and the fourth highest since the virus first landed on Malaysian shores.

Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a tweet that the jump in new cases was expected and warned that daily infections could breach the 5,000 mark by mid-May.

Selangor contributed 2,082 new cases followed by Kuala Lumpur (540), Sarawak (405), Johor (348), Kelantan (297), Penang (259) and Kedah (226).

Dr Noor Hisham said the total number of cases in the country now stands at 453,222, while total deaths have risen to 1,761.

Of today's 4,765 new cases, 4,578 cases were locally transmitted, he said.

A total of 3,124 Covid-19 patients were discharged today, raising the total number of recoveries to 411,360, or 90.76% of total cases.

Active cases now stand at 40,101, which accounts for 8.85% of  the total cases.

The number of cases in the intensive care units is 469, with 244 requiring respiratory support.

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