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KUALA LUMPUR (March 27): Malaysia reported today 1,199 newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases, which brought the cumulative number of infected individuals in the country to 340,642 so far, according to health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Two Covid-19-related deaths were reported today.

The number of newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases at 1,199 today is a drop from yesterday’s 1,275 cases, according to Dr Noor Hisham’s latest updates on Twitter today and his press statement yesterday.

In his Twitter updates today, he said Selangor reported the highest number of new Covid-19 cases at 283 followed by Sarawak (267).

Among other states and federal territories, Kelantan registered 138 newly-infected persons, while Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya reported 84 and one respectively, he said.

He said there were no fresh cases registered in Perlis.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a separate Twitter update today that another two Covid-19-related deaths were reported in Malaysia today.

According to Dr Noor Hisham’s statement yesterday, the country reported one Covid-19-related death, which brought the cumulative number of fatalities due to the pandemic to 1,249 as of yesterday.

Today, the MoH’s Twitter update said the latest two Covid-19-related deaths brought the total number of pandemic-linked fatalities in the country to 1,251 so far.

According to the ministry, the number of Covid-19 patients treated in hospitals’ intensive care units across the country stood at 167, of which 72 need breathing-assistance devices.

Meanwhile, the number of persons reported to have recovered from Covid-19 stood at 1,257, which brought the total number of recovered cases across the country to 325,182, the MoH said.

Dr Noor Hisham’s press statement today provided more details on the Covid-19 situation in the country.

He said the 1,199 newly-confirmed cases reported today comprise 1,194 persons who were infected locally and five imported cases.

Of the local cases, 959 are Malaysians while 235 are foreigners, according to him.

“The five imported cases comprised two Malaysians and three foreigners,” he said.

Meanwhile, the two deceased reported today comprise two men aged 60 and 52 respectively, according to Dr Noor Hisham.

He said the 60-year-old Malaysian died in Sabah while the 52-year-old foreigner died in Penang.

Meanwhile, Bernama, quoting Dr Noor Hisham’s statement, reported that nine more clusters were identified today involving five workplace clusters and four community clusters.

The workplace clusters are the Inanam Taipan cluster and the Jalan Kastam Baru cluster in Sabah, Jalan Kong Kong (Johor), Pandan Circle construction site (Kuala Lumpur), and Jalan Putra Square (Pahang), while community clusters involve the Jalan Gridbid, Kampung Baru Hilir and Jalan Tanjung Kidurong clusters in Sarawak and Gong Kulim in Kelantan.

“The addition of new clusters brings the total number of clusters in Malaysia to 1,344 with 392 of them still active while 10 clusters ended today,” he said.

Source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-malaysia-reports-1199-new-cases