KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recorded a total of 1,638 new Covid-19 positive cases as of noon today, raising the cumulative number of infections to 349,610.
The Health Ministry, on its official Twitter account, said 1,631 cases involved local transmissions while seven were individuals who contracted the virus abroad.
Perak overtook Selangor as the state with the highest number of new cases at 494.
Selangor recorded 352 cases, while Sarawak has 290.
The ministry said 486 of the 494 Covid-19 infections in Perak were from the Jalan Pelabuhan Cluster.
The cluster is linked to a workplace in the Manjung district, and was first declared by the Health Ministry on Feb 20.
This was after index Case 261,378 along with 14 others, all of whom are factory workers, were found positive on the same day for the virus in symptomatic individual screenings.
The factory workers reside along Jalan Pelabuhan Utama, Taman Perindustrian IKS in Manjung, which had been put under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
When elaborating on the Perak cases, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said as of March 30, nine new positive cases were reported among the factory workers and their close contacts.
“Targeted screening had been conducted on 1,028 factory workers where 486 were found positive and 70 samples returned inconclusive, while 472 were negative.
“Until today (April 3), a total of 1,312 positive cases were reported from the 1,689 individuals who were tested. The positive rate stands at 77.7 per cent.
“To date, the workers’ hostel is still under EMCO. Active case detection including close contact tracing are still being actively done on the ground, and the cases have been isolated and treated,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement.
Meanwhile, there were 20 new cases in Kedah, 92 in Penang, 67 in Kuala Lumpur, 7 in Putrajaya, 20 in Melaka, 83 in Johor, 64 in Kelantan, 4 in Terengganu, 35 in Pahang, 25 in Negeri Sembilan, 12 in Labuan and 73 in Sabah.
There were no new cases in Perlis.
The ministry said 1,449 patients have recovered from the infection and there are now 14,432 active cases.
167 patients are being treated at Intensive Care Units, where 81 require breathing assistance.
Three Covid-19 patients died today, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,286.