Covid-19: Another daily high as new infections edge closer to 18k

A health official collects a swab sample from a factory worker in Klang. – Reuters file photo

MALAYSIA recorded 17,786 new Covid-19 cases, a record high, with 6,400 from Selangor alone, while Kuala Lumpur saw 1,962 cases.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the cumulative cases to 1,113,272. Sarawak recorded 485 new daily infections.

Kedah reported 1,389 cases, followed by Johor (1,114), Sabah (1,035), Negri Sembilan (929), Terengganu (883), Perak (775), Penang (713), Malacca (697), Pahang (653), Kelantan (580), Sarawak, Putrajaya (116), Perlis (16) and Labuan (9),

Yesterday also was the fifth consecutive day where more than half a million doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered.

The Special Committee for Covid-19 Vaccine Access said 315,737 people received their first dose yesterday, and 196,360, their second dose.

Selangor dispensed the most jabs among the states, with 159,641, of which 93,290 were a first dose.

In the Klang Valley, 2.1 million people are fully vaccinated, and 5.5 million have received their first dose.

Labuan on Tuesday became the first among the states and federal territories to achieve herd immunity with 80%, or 54,800, of its adult population fully vaccinated.

The government aims to vaccinate 100% of the adult population by October.