by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
OUT of the 3,680 new Covid-19 positive cases nationwide today, Johor reported the highest cases with 1,069.
They were a result of existing clusters and active close contact screening conducted in the field.
This is followed by Selangor with 822 cases and Kuala Lumpur with 698 cases.
There were also 64 cases from prison and detention centres, most of which came from the Jalan Harapan Prison cluster (33), Tembok Renggam cluster (16) and Damai Pelangi cluster (9).
Other states that recorded three-digit infections today include Sabah (295), Perak (181), Negeri Sembilan (112) and Penang (101).
Kedah recorded 76 new cases, followed by Sarawak (70), Terengganu (68), Melaka (63), Kelantan (60), Pahang (42), Putrajaya (19), Perlis (three) and Labuan (1).
Today’s new cases have brought the country’s overall total to 194,114 out of which 42,389 are active.
Among the active cases, 314 were placed in the intensive care units (ICU), with 122 of them requiring respiratory aid.
A total of 1,858 patients were discharged, increasing the country’s total recoveries to 151,018 or 77.8%.
Seven new deaths were reported nationwide, with six of them having had critical illness histories.
This has brought the overall Covid-19 death toll to 707.
Meanwhile, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has detected a record of new Covid-19 clusters, at 17, in the past 24 hours.
Fifteen of the clusters involved workplaces, while two were community clusters.
Six clusters were detected in Johor, four in Kuala Lumpur, three in Selangor, two in Perak and one each in Sabah and Sarawak.