KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): Malaysia reported 1,371 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing total infections in the country to 84,846. There were four new deaths, raising total fatalities to 419.

The number of active cases of Covid-19 as of noon today stood at 13,830, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, adding that 114 patients were being treated in intensive care units, with 62 requiring respiratory assistance.

Meanwhile, 1,204 patients were discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 70,597.

Dr Noor Hisham said that of the 1,371 new cases today, only one was imported while the rest were local transmissions.

Speaking at a virtual press conference, he confirmed that a security guard with Top Glove Corp Bhd died yesterday after contracting Covid-19.

“Once he was admitted to the hospital, it was already at a late stage,” Dr Noor Hisham said, noting that the 29-year-old man from Nepal died because of lung complications.

Selangor accounted for 532 or 38.8% of today’s infections, followed by Sabah with 283 cases, Negeri Sembilan (260), Kuala Lumpur (124), Perak (62), Johor (45) and Penang (31).

Only three states were without any new cases today — Sarawak, Pahang and Perlis.

Sabah continued to top the list of states with the highest cumulative infections, with 33,111 cases in total, followed by Selangor (21,579), Kuala Lumpur (8,201), Negeri Sembilan (6,524), and Kedah (2,827).

Dr Noor Hisham said 72 of today’s cases were related to prison clusters, namely the Tembok cluster (48 cases), Jalan Harapan Prison cluster (22 cases), Matambai cluster (one case), and Kepayan Prison cluster (one case).

Of the latest deaths, two were in Sabah and one each in Labuan and Perak.

A 54-year-old man, the sole foreigner among the deceased today, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu,  said Dr Noor Hisham.

The three Malaysians who died were women, comprising a 40-year-old with diabetes at Hospital Labuan, a 50-year-old with diabetes, high blood pressure and dislipidemia at the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh, and a 46-year-old with high blood pressure, dislipidemia and obesity at Hospital Tawau.

Source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-malaysia-reports-1371-new-cases-today-selangor-contributes-532