KUALA LUMPUR (July 7): Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases declined to 7,097 today from yesterday’s 7,654, though the latest figure still marked the second consecutive day that the country reported more than 7,000 cases. 

Selangor, the worst hit state, continued to post more than 3,000 new infections with 3,119 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,005) and Negeri Sembilan (788), according to Health Director-General Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.

Other states that recorded three-digit new cases are Melaka (358), Sarawak (289), Pahang (258), Sabah (244), Johor (224), Kedah (198), Penang (140), Perak (187), and Kelantan (123). 

The ministry also reported 91 Covid-19 related deaths today, bringing total fatalities in the country linked to the coronavirus at 5,768. Of the latest fatalities, 47 deaths were recorded in Selangor, 16 in Negeri Sembilan, 10 in Kuala Lumpur, four each in Johor and Melaka, three in Sarawak, two in Perak and one each in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Labuan and Kedah. 

Daily recoveries, on the other hand, came in lower than daily new cases at 4,863, which pushed active cases further to 74,344.

Total recoveries now stands at 719,678, versus cumulative infections of 799,790, which translates to a recovery rate of 90%. 

The number of patients in intensive care inched up to 948 from 943 yesterday, with 441 needing ventilators to breathe.

18 new clusters found

The Ministry of Health also reported the detection of 18 new clusters today, comprising nine community clusters, five workplace clusters, and the remainder from higher education and high risk groups.

To date, MoH has detected 2,970 clusters, of which 2,120 have been declared ended. That leaves 850 active clusters. 

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