Covid-19: 871 new cases today, tally crosses 20,000 mark

Healthcare workers prepare to carry out Covid-19 screening for those with a recent travel history to Sabah at a clinic in Shah Alam earlier this month. – Malay Mail photo.

By Chew Lip Song

MALAYSIA recorded 871 new Covid-19 cases today, the second consecutive day an all-time high was registered. Today also saw seven new deaths, six of whom are from Sabah, the epicentre of the pandemic.

This pushes the total cases nationwide to 20,498 and the death toll to 187, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced today.

The country registered 869 new cases yesterday.

Today’s new cases also push the active cases to 7,049, also a record high.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry recorded 701 recovered cases today – the highest ever. This brings the cumulative cases of recovered patients to 13,262.

Of today’s 871 new cases, five were imported, with the remaining mostly from Sabah (702) and Selangor (72).

Penang had 45 cases, Perak (10), Labuan and Kedah (nine each),  Kuala Lumpur (seven), Sarawak (five), Negri Sembilan (three), Terengganu (two) and Johor and Malacca (one each).

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