KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The Ministry of Health announced today 2,341 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hour, with the country now facing new cases above the 2,000-mark for a week straight now.
Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement today that Selangor is back at the top of the list with the highest state for Covid-19 infections at 526 cases, followed by Sarawak at 429 and Kelantan at 370.
Kuala Lumpur was the next highest with 291 cases, ahead of Sabah (172), Johor (170), Penang (111), Pahang (81), Melaka (63), Kedah (55), Perak (38), Negri Sembilan (24), Putrajaya (six), Labuan (two) Terengganu and Perlis (one each).
Dr Noor Hisham also reported 11 more deaths related to Covid-19, pushing the country’s death toll to 1,400.
Nine of the deceased were Malaysians while the other two were foreigners. All but two local women in Sabah had pre-existing health problems such as diabetes, a history of stroke, hypertension and kidney disease.
Dr Noor Hisham said 248 Covid-19 patients were currently in intensive care including 101 on ventilators.
Recoveries lagged behind new cases again today, with just 1,910 former Covid-19 patients discharged.
Dr Noor Hisham also reported 11 more Covid-19 infection clusters including four from education centres, three within the general community, two from workplaces, and one each detected in a detention centre and a religious centre.
The number of Covid-19 clusters still considered active was 354.
“The clusters with the highest increase in new cases today are the Kok Lanas cluster (78 cases), Jalan Khidmat cluster (72 cases) and Sungai Lemayong cluster (65 cases),” he said, while also confirming that eight clusters ended today.