New cases rise to 20,396 as death toll passes 18,000

Selangor still tops the list with 4,073 cases, followed by Sarawak (2,992) and Kedah (2,455)


MALAYSIA recorded 20,396 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, an increase from 19,057 cases reported on Saturday.

From the new cases, 20,388 were local transmissions, said Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“Of the 20,396 daily cases reported today, 13,519 cases (66.3%) comprising those who had no history of vaccination, partially vaccinated and those who had received two doses of vaccine but not more than 14 days from the date of the second dose,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

Up to 6,877 cases or 33.7% involved those who are fully vaccinated, he added.

336 new deaths were reported, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 18,219.

From the new death figures, 107 were brought-in-dead cases, with 67 involved Malaysians and 40 non-Malaysians.

Selangor continued to have the greatest number of positive cases at 3,886, followed by Sarawak with 3,747 cases, making it the highest number of cases ever recorded in the state.

Six other states also recorded four-digit cases with Johor and Sabah at 2,165 and 2,136 respectively, Penang (1,961), Kedah (1,587), Kelantan (1,078) and Perak (1,057). Labuan remained consistent with single-digit cases, registering only four cases.

The increase in the new cases has brought the country’s overall total to 1,844,835.

The Health Ministry has also detected 37 new Covid-19 clusters. Johor reported the highest number of clusters at eight and Kelantan reported seven.

For the cluster category, workplaces reported 21 new clusters involving 798 cases.

There are currently 255,789 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide. Among the active cases, 959 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 436 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 20,573 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 1,570,827, which equals 85.15%.