Covid-19: Highest nationwide death toll as Sarawak again records daily high of new cases


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By Emma Victoria

MALAYSIA recorded its deadliest day since the Covid-19 pandemic began with 18 deaths logged today.

The Health Ministry said 17 of the deaths involved are Malaysians and this brings the Covid-19 death toll in the country to 660.

Nine of the deaths were in Selangor, three in Sabah, two each in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak, and one each in Johor and Penang.

They were aged between 32 and 93, with 15 of them having medical history of illnesses.

The number of new Covid-19 cases has also remained high with 3,631 infections recorded as of noon today.

The current cumulative tally of positive cases stands at 176,180 with 42,814 active cases.

Of that, 251 people are in the ICU with 102 on ventilators.

Selangor had the highest number of infections with 782 cases, followed by Johor (466) and Sabah (453).

Kuala Lumpur had 435, Sarawak (229), Penang (202), Negeri Sembilan (197), Terengganu (178), Kedah (166), Kelantan (161), Perak (138), Malacca (82), Pahang (61), Putrajaya (39), Labuan (29) and Perlis (13).

Sarawak’s number of new cases is the highest recorded in a day.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that out of the total 229 Covid-19 cases reported today, 168 cases were in Sibu.

There are 28 cases in Miri, followed by Kuching (9), Kanowit (7), Sri Aman (7), Lubok Antu (7), Subis (2) and Bintulu with one case.

To date, Sarawak reported a total 2,931 cases, including 24 cases.

The two deaths happened in Miri and Sibu.