By S. Harrish
NEW Covid-19 cases crossed the 20,000 mark today with Sarawak also reporting a spike in infections.
The Health Ministry reported a record high 20,596 Covid-19 cases, with more than half of them in the Klang Valley.
The previous record high was 19,819 infections yesterday.
Sarawak recorded 759 infections compared to 552 cases yesterday.
There are now 217,061 active cases, with 1,078 patients in the ICU with 549 on ventilators.
There were 164 deaths today, bringing the number of fatalities past the 10,000 mark to 10,019.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 1,203,706.
Selangor had the most cases with 8,549, followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,163), Kedah (1,446), Johor (1,300), Sabah (1,062) and Penang (1,022).
Negeri Sembilan had 989 cases, Perak (916), Kelantan (772) Malacca (622), Terengganu (501), Pahang (426), Putrajaya (50), Labuan (15) and Perlis (four).
Sarawak’s total number of cases is now 79,522 while the death toll rose to 466, with two additional deaths.
The spike in Sarawak was mainly attributed to a new Kampung Seratau Cluster in Kuching, which recorded 352 cases.
Kuching division also saw three other new clusters – Kampung Bintawa Ulu Cluster; Kampung Sebat Melayu Cluster and Kampung Pueh Cluster, both in Lundu.
The fifth new cluster today is the Nangga Serenggas Cluster in Tatau.