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Number of new Covid-19 cases reaches another record high, breaches 9,000 mark

According to the ministry, Selangor posted the highest number by state with 2,836 new infections today, followed by Kelantan (907), Negeri Sembilan (898), Kuala Lumpur (789) and Sarawak (726). (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

According to the ministry, Selangor posted the highest number by state with 2,836 new infections today, followed by Kelantan (907), Negeri Sembilan (898), Kuala Lumpur (789) and Sarawak (726). (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 29): The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported a total of 9,020 new cases today, marking the fifth consecutive day of record high daily infections, bringing the total number of cases to date in Malaysia to 558,534.

For today's infections, 9,015 were domestic transmissions, while five were imported cases.

According to the ministry, Selangor posted the highest number by state with 2,836 new infections today, followed by Kelantan (907), Negeri Sembilan (898), Kuala Lumpur (789) and Sarawak (726).

A total of 5,527 new recoveries were reported, bringing the cumulative figure to 479,666, while 98 deaths were reported, translating into a total death toll of 2,650.

A total of 844 patients were being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), with 430 patients requiring ventilators.

The total number of active cases increased 4.7% to 76,218 from 72,824 yesterday.

Meanwhile, 23 new clusters were identified, bringing the total number of active clusters to 630.

According to the MoH, since Dec 7, 2020, there have been 51 cross-state clusters, stemming from 6,468 cases as reported by the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).

These included those stemming from index cases that returned to their hometowns for Aidilifitri celebrations, visiting relatives, marriage ceremonies, birthdays, funerals or courses in other states.

Between April 1 and May 28, 2021, a total of 20 cross-state clusters were identified from 1,420 cases reported.

Of the total, Melaka reported the highest number of clusters (eight), followed by Terengganu (three), Kelantan, Perak and Pahang (two clusters each).

At the same time, between May 13 and 28, 26 sub-clusters stemmed from Aidilfitri celebrations, as reported by the CPRC, comprising 1,019 cases. Two deaths were reported from these clusters.

“Seeing the situation as above, the MoH would like to take this opportunity to call on the community to take heed and not repeat it for the Kaamatan Festival and Hari Gawai to be celebrated soon.

“The same goes for Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, which usually last up to one month. The public are reminded that cross-district and state bans are still in effect,” said the ministry.

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