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Covid-19: Malaysia’s new daily cases jump to 3,744 with 17 deaths

Covid-19: Malaysia’s new daily cases jump to 3,744 with 17 deaths
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KUALA LUMPUR (May 5): Malaysia reported today that the country's newly-confirmed Covid-19 cases rose to 3,744, from 3,120 yesterday.

A total of 17 Covid-19-related deaths were reported today, according to health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s update on Twitter today.

“The cumulative number (of Covid-19-related fatalities across the country stood at) 1,591 so far," Dr Noor Hisham said.

He said the 3,744 newly-confirmed Covid-19 infected individuals today brought the nation’s cumulative number of pandemic cases to 424,376 so far.

Out of the 3,744 newly-confirmed Covid-19 infected individuals, 3,737 were local cases, while seven cases were imported, according to him.

Across hospitals in Malaysia, 328 Covid-19 patients are being treated at intensive care units, according to Dr Noor Hisham.

Out of the 328 patients, 185 are intubated to help them breathe, he said.

He said 2,304 individuals were reported today to have recovered from Covid-19.

This brought the nation’s total number of persons who have recovered from the pandemic to date to 389,846, he said.

In a separate statement today, Dr Noor Hisham said the 17 deceased reported today comprised 10 women and seven men aged between 42 and 82.

Dr Noor Hisham said the deceased were all Malaysians.

“The 17 deaths today involved nine cases in Selangor, two cases each in Johor, Perak and Sarawak besides one case each in Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan,” he said.

On the 3,744 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases reported today across Malaysia, Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor reported the highest number of daily new cases at 1,548 followed by Kelantan and Sarawak at 480 and 419 respectively.

Elsewhere, Kuala Lumpur reported 313 cases while Johor registered 292 newly confirmed infected individuals, according to him.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry identified 20 new Covid-19 clusters across the country today.

He said the 20 new Covid-19 clusters brought the nation’s total number of pandemic clusters to 1,726 so far.

Of the 20 new clusters, four were in Sarawak, three each in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Pahang, two in Kelantan and one in Perak.

He said eight clusters were linked to workplaces, six involved community infections, four were identified in education institutions while two involved places of worship.

Chong Jin Hun