KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 — Malaysia recorded 4,140 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24-hour period and lost another 44 patients to the disease, setting another record for most deaths in a day.
The previous most deadly day for Covid-19 in Malaysia was on May 13, when the country lost 39 patients.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his official Twitter account also announced that Selangor continues to record the highest number of cases at 1,507, followed by Johor (433) and Kuala Lumpur (398).
Today was also the fourth day in a row that Covid-19 cases in Malaysia surpassed the 4,000-case mark.
Dr Noor Hisham said the deceased today were 43 Malaysians and one foreigner, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,866 since the pandemic started in the country last year.
Earlier, the Selangor Health Department also reported that 26 of the deaths today were from the state alone.
The numbers of Covid-19 patients currently warded in the intensive care units (ICUs) across the country is also at a record high of 502, the first time this figure has gone beyond 500. Of these, 272 needed ventilators.
There are currently 42,135 active cases from a total of 466,330 confirmed cases in the country.
Dr Noor Hisham added that currently there are 453,001 individuals under investigation or were in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 patients.
He said the Ministry of Health has also put another 3,551 individuals under surveillance.
A total of 3,432 patients were discharged today, making a total number of recovered cases to 422,329.
The Health Ministry also disclosed 15 new clusters today involving eight workplace clusters, four religious clusters, two education related clusters and one high risk group cluster.
This includes four new clusters in Johor, three each in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur and one cluster which involves both Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Two more clusters are found in Penang while one each are in Kelantan, Negri Sembilan and Pahang.