Covid-19: Record high death toll as cases rise again nationwide

By S. Harrish

MALAYSIA recorded its highest death toll today with 126 fatalities reported.

The previous high was 98 deaths on May 29.

New cases also continued its upward trend again with 7,703 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the nation’s total number of cases to 587,165.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor had the most cases with 2,728 infections.

It was followed by Kuala Lumpur (701), Sarawak (588), Negeri Sembilan (586), Johor (554), Kelantan (541), Penang (407), Kedah (283), Sabah (254), Pahang (237), Perak (224), Terengganu (224), Malacca (209), Labuan (159), Perlis (7) and Putrajaya (1).

Dr Noor Hisham said there are now 82,274 active cases with 878 patients in the ICU and 441 on respirators.

The 126 deaths raises the total number of fatalities to 2,993.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded five deaths today, raising its death toll to 305 while its total number of cases is now 48,620.

State Disaster Management Committee said Kuching registered 106 cases, followed by Miri (67), Sarikei (61), Sibu (50), Samarahan (41), Tatau (38), Bintulu (35), Selangau (24), Asajaya (23), Sri Aman (22), Kapit (21), Bau (18), Beluru (11), Simunjan (11), Kanowit (10), Betong (7), Pakan (6), Marudi (6), Pusa (5), Subis (5), Dalat (5), Meradong (4), Mukah (4), Serian (3), Lundu (3), and Sebauh (2).

Today’s fatalities were in Miri (2 cases), Kuching (2 cases) and the other was in Kapit.

The Sarawak Health Department has also declared six new Covid-19 clusters.

Three are in Miri and one each in Mukah, Tatau and Selangau.

The Miri clusters are Jalan Brooke Cluster, Jee Cattleya Cluster and Jalan Pinang Riam Cluster.

The others are Bunut Cluster in Mukah, Sungai Penyarai Cluster in Tatau and Nanga Meruan Cluster in Selangau.

The Nanga Meruan Cluster is at a longhouse in the Nanga Meruan area, Dijih, Selangau.

It was due to a funeral ceremony that took place on May 15 and 16.

There are 34 cases so far in the cluster.