KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — After two days of new infections in the 4,000 range, daily Covid-19 cases have jumped back up above the 5,000 mark once more.
In a Twitter post, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Health Ministry (MOH) had recorded 5,244 cases nationwide in the last 24-hour period, compared to 4,743 the previous day.
This also pushed the cumulative number of cases in the country since the pandemic started to 711,006.
In terms of states, Selangor remained the most infectious, with 2,001 new cases, followed by Negri Sembilan (677) and Sarawak (577).
Perlis had only one new case. This was followed by Putrajaya with 13 and Terengganu with 27.
Another 83 people died due to the disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 4,637.
The youngest was a 26-year-old Malaysian man with a history of hypertension and dyslipidemia, a condition of abnormal levels of bad cholesterol and excess lipids or fats in the body.
The oldest was a 93-year-old Malaysian woman who had no record of previous illnesses.
The MOH said 5,244 people recovered from the disease today, resulting in a reduction of active cases to 60,816.
There are currently 879 Covid-19 patients in intensive care units nationwide, with 433 needing breathing assistance.
The nationwide Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 90.8 per cent, while the death rate is at 0.65 per cent.
The MOH also recorded 24 new Covid-19 clusters today, 15 of which were workplace related. These were found in Selangor, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Johor and Pahang.
Seven were labelled as “community” clusters, recorded in Sarawak, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, and Terengganu.
The remaining two clusters were a “high risk group” cluster in Selangor, and a cluster detected at a government detention centre in Negri Sembilan.