KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 ― The Health Ministry today reported 5,859 new Covid-19 infections in Malaysia.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah shared the latest figures on his official Twitter account.

This brings cumulative infections in the country to 2,581,747 since the pandemic started.

“Out of the new cases today, 19 are imported infections while 5,840 were locally transmitted infections, out of which 211 are non-citizens.

“As of 12 noon today, 4,970 patients also recovered,” he said.

Of today’s new infections, only 102 people are in Categories 3, 4, and 5, which is reserved for those with serious symptoms.

The remaining 5,757 fall under Categories 1 and 2, which are for people who display none to mild symptoms.

Dr Noor Hisham said the breakdown of patients placed in intensive care is as follows: 529 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 109 are suspected to have the coronavirus and are therefore under surveillance.

“From this number, 261 are in need of breathing aid, out of which 169 are confirmed Covid-19 positive,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that only one new cluster was detected today. Currently there are 240 active clusters nationwide.