PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia reported 1,600 new Covid-19 infections on Monday (Dec 7), taking the country’s total of confirmed cases to 74,294.
In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said two more people have died, pushing Malaysia’s death toll to 384.
The country also discharged 1,033 Covid-19 patients, which means 62,306 people have recovered.
The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia is now at 11,604.
Three of Monday’s new cases are imported infections, while the rest are local transmissions.
Negri Sembilan recorded the highest increase of the day out of all states with 541 confirmed cases, followed by Selangor with 426, Sabah with 248 and Kuala Lumpur with 148.
The rest of the states with new cases are Johor (98 cases), Penang (55), Perak (54), Kedah (18), Labuan (five), Kelantan (three), Sarawak (two), Pahang (one) and Melaka (one).
Putrajaya, Perlis and Terengganu recorded zero cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said the hike in Negri Sembilan’s cases is mainly attributed to the Bakti cluster, which reported 500 new infections.
“The cases linked to this cluster are isolated within a prison area, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
On the two death cases, Dr Noor Hisham said one of them involved a 76-year-old woman who died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
The victim had suffered from high blood pressure and anaemia.
The other fatality was a 59-year-old man at the Semporna Hospital, who had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure.