MCO day 354: Daily new Covid-19 cases at 1,680 & 7 more deaths

PUTRAJAYA, 6 March 2021:

Recoveries continued to outpace new Covid-19 cases today, as the overall tally hit 311,777 – but the disease’s ravages continued to claim lives in Malaysia.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 1,680 new Covid-19 cases as at noon, with three foreigners making up import cases while local transmissions involved 1,225 Malaysians and 452 non-citizens.

Selangor made up almost half of new infections with 826 cases (49.2%), followed by Sarawak (221) and Johor (139). Other states recorded double digit infections while single digits were recorded in Putrajaya (2) and Labuan (1), with none in Perlis.

There were 2,548 patients discharged, resulting in a 92.8% recovery rate with 289,452 cleared of infections.

With 21,159 active cases, 172 are at intensive care units and 84 needing respirators. The death toll rise by seven (all Malaysians) to 1,166 fatalities so far – with three each in Selangor and Sarawak plus one in Sabah.

Dr Noor Hisham said another four new clusters were identified today at Lagoon Selatan (Selangor), Jalan Firma Dua (Johor), Jalan Haji Malek (Melaka) and Bukit Tunggal (Sarawak). The first three are workplace-related while the last is a community cluster.

With 14 clusters also ended today, 713 clusters have been closed out of the 1,191 identified to date.