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Malaysia posts 1,745 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths today

Malaysia posts 1,745 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths today
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 3): Malaysia posted 1,745 new Covid-19 infections today, the third straight day with less than 2,000 cases but higher than the 1,555 reported yesterday.

This brought the cumulative confirmed infections in the country to 305,880, from 115,078 as of Jan 1.

Seven more Covid-19-related fatalities were recorded, raising the national death toll to 1,148, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Another 2,276 Covid-19 patients were reported to have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 280,707.

With new recoveries continuing to surpass new infections, the  number of active cases has fallen further to 24,025.

Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor accounted for 640 of today’s new cases, of which 503 or 78.6% were from existing and new clusters, as well as close contacts of Covid-19 patients.

This pushed total cases in the country’s most populous state to 101,658, he said in a statement.

Johor registered 376 new cases, followed by Sarawak (139), Perak (136), Sabah (95), Kuala Lumpur (92), Penang (90), Kedah (40), Melaka (36), Pahang (36), Kelantan (33), Negeri Sembilan (24), Terengganu (five) and Putrajaya (three).

Meanwhile, Labuan and Perlis did not report new infections today.

All but two of Malaysia’s new cases were local transmissions. “Among the 1,743 locally-transmitted cases, 1,037 or 59.5% involved Malaysians, while 706 or 40.5% were foreigners,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Of the latest seven fatalities, one person was a foreigner. Two of the deaths were reported in Kuala Lumpur and one each in Selangor, Sabah, Sarawak, Johor and Kelantan.

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