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Malaysia reports highest-ever daily Covid-19 fatalities; 4,446 new infections detected

KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases clawed back above the 4,000 level today with 4,446 cases reported in the country versus yesterday's 3,780, according to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Malaysia reported a record high of 45 Covid-19 deaths today, with 20 fatalities in Selangor, four in Kuala Lumpur, three each in Kedah, Perak and Johor, two each in Negeri Sembilan and Melaka and one each in Pahang, Penang, Sarawak and Sabah.

In the span of a week, the coronavirus killed 264 people in Malaysia from last Monday (May 10), pushing the country's Covid-19 deaths to 1,947. 

Selangor continued to post the highest number of new daily infections with 1,650 today, followed by Sarawak (433) and Johor (391).

Of the new infections, all but three were locally transmitted cases. Subsequently, total active cases stood at 43,506.

Also reported were 2,784 new recoveries today, bringing total recoveries in the country to 429,103.

A total of 522 cases are being treated in the intensive care units, of whom 273 patients are on ventilators.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health also identified 14 new infection clusters, of which seven were community clusters, four were religion centre clusters and three were workplace clusters.

The community clusters were Taman Repek in Kelantan, Kampung Kual (Kelantan), Kampung Perah (Kelantan), Kampung Paya Teh (Pahang), Taman Jati (Pahang), Jalan Jambusan (Sarawak) and Jalan Imam Jalilul (Sabah).

The religion centre clusters were Kundang Jaya in Selangor, Parit Kassan Jegol (Johor), Sungai Langgas (Sabah) and Jalan Kuak Luar (Perak and Wilayah Persekutuan).

The workplace clusters were Jalan Jambu Bol in Selangor, Jalan Kusta (Selangor) and Dah Serdang (Kedah).

To date, the ministry has identified a total of 1,901 clusters, of which 1,417 have been declared ended. That leaves 484 active clusters.

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