By S. Harrish
MALAYSIA recorded 660 new Covid-19 cases today and four more deaths, all in Sabah, over the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases bring the total number of cases in the country to 17,540 while the death toll now stood at 167.
He said Sabah recorded the highest number of cases with 429 new infections while Kedah had 113 cases and Selangor recorded 68 cases. There were three new cases in Sarawak.
The number of new cases is the same as yesterday.
Of the 660 new cases, 654 cases were local transmissions, while four cases were imported.
He said the number Covid-19 patients in intensive care units has now reached 108 with 35 of them on ventilators while the number of active cases reached a new high of 5,772.
Dr Noor Hisham said one new Covid-19 cluster was detected, which was linked to districts in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.
The new cluster, called the Kencana cluster, is connected to cases in Hulu Langat, Petaling, Klang and Gombak districts in Selangor, Cheras in Kuala Lumpur, as well as Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat and Pontian in Johor.
The three new infections that were reported in Sarawak, brings the total number of positive cases in the state to 755.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the cases were recorded in Kuching, Miri and Limbang.
He said all three cases were classified as imported cases, as the patients got the infections in Covid-19 high-risk areas in Sabah.