KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Covid-19 cases nationwide remained above the 6,000-case mark for the third day in a row.

The Health Ministry recorded 6,355 new infections today, a slight decrease compared to the 6,380 registered yesterday.

Prior to today, daily Covid-19 cases have been gradually increasing since November 8, which saw 4,543 new cases on that day.

The latest tally brings the cumulative total number of cases recorded in the country to 2,575,888 since the pandemic last year.

Of the new cases reported, only 1.8 per cent or 115 people were placed under Categories 3, 4 and 5 — meaning they have a lung infection or worse.

There are currently 542 patients warded in Covid-19 intensive care units (ICUs) nationwide — of which 106 are suspected, but yet to be confirmed as Covid-19 patients.

Those needing breathing assistance number 268.

Meanwhile, 5,031 patients recovered from the disease, keeping the country’s recovery rate at 96.2 per cent, which hasn’t changed since Wednesday.

Another 10 new clusters were identified today, bringing the number of active clusters to 246.

Regarding Rt or infectivity rates, Kuala Lumpur topped today’s list with an Rt of 1.09, followed by Negri Sembilan (1.07), along with Putrajaya and Kelantan (1.06 each).

Selangor came next with an Rt of 1.05.

The national average Rt is 1.02. Only seven states — Melaka, Sabah, Penang, Perlis, Sarawak — have an Rt below the national average, while Labuan has an Rt of 0.