By S. Harrish
MALAYSIA recorded its highest ever Covid-19 cases today with 5,725 infections and 16 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The number of cases rose by more than 1,700 compared to yesterday and is the first time it has breached the 5,000 mark.
The total number of cases has now passed 200,000 with Selangor recording more than 62,000 cases.
Selangor recorded a shocking 3,126 today alone.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 203,933, with 45,478 active cases.
There are 301 patients in the ICU with 115 on respirators.
Meanwhile, the 16 deaths bring the number of fatalities to 733.
He said there were 3,423 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 157,722.
Kuala Lumpur had 687 cases, followed by Johor (684), Sabah (288), Sarawak (179), Terengganu (137), Kedah (125), Penang (99), Kelantan (93), Malacca (74), Perak (73), Negeri Sembilan (69), Pahang (67), Putrajaya (16), Labuan (5) and Perlis (3).
One of the deaths was in Sibu, Sarawak bringing the state’s total number of fatalities to 36.
The 179 new Covid-19 cases today raises Sarawak’s total number of cases to 4,124.
Sibu had 65 cases followed by Song (54), Miri (12), Kapit (11), Lundu (7), Selangau (7), Bau (6), Bintulu (5), Sebauh (3), Meradong (2), Kanowit (2) and one each in Kuching, Pakan, Samarahan, Sarikei and Serian.
State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the death involved a 40-year-old man, who was admitted to the Sibu Hospital today with breathing difficulties.
He tested positive and his condition deteriorated before succumbing to the infection.
He also suffered from high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.
Uggah said the Pasai cluster has 1,805 cases so far while a new cluster identified as Tabong was detected in Bau, with a total seven people infected including the index case.