Malaysia Records 2,062 New Covid-19 Cases

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of new Covid-19 cases was higher than 2,000 for the second day in a row, with half the number detected in Selangor alone.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 2,062 new cases were recorded today, the third highest since the pandemic began in Malaysia.

“The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is now at 97,389 with 17,646 being active cases. Of the new cases (today), four were imported cases,” he said in a statement.

Selangor, he said, had the highest number of daily cases for the past 24 hours at 1,014.

Dr Noor Hisham said 887 of these cases were from existing clusters and close contact screenings actively conducted on the ground.

“This is followed by Kuala Lumpur that logged 504 cases and Sabah (252 cases).

“A total of 120 cases were linked to clusters at prisons and Immigration detention centres. This involves the Tembok Gajah cluster with 88 cases, the Jalan Harapan Prison cluster (24), Sandakan Prison cluster (three), Seberang Perai Prison (three) and Tembok cluster (two),” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said 911 patients were discharged today, pushing the recoveries to 79,304.

“At present, we have 111 patients being treated at intensive care units, with 51 of them requiring ventilators,” he said, adding that one fatality was reported today, bringing the death toll to 439.

Dr Noor Hisham said the fatal case involved a 69-year-old foreign man, who had suffered a stroke before.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/12/651493/msia-records-2062-new-covid-19-cases

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