MCO day 356: Daily new Covid-19 cases at 1,529. another 8 deaths

PUTRAJAYA, 8 March 2021:

New Covid-19 cases reported overnight rose by 1,529 as of noon today, the Health Ministry announced via Twitter, bringing Malaysia’s overall tally to 314,989 infections so far.

Selangor again reported the highest number of new infections with 726, followed by Sarawak (252) and Johor (120). More states reported single digit new cases – Kedah (9), Melaka (4), Pahang (3), Putrajaya (1) and Labuan none. All other states reported double digit new infections – including Perlis with 17.

There were nine imported cases (three Malaysians and six foreigners) and local transmissions involved 1,177 citizens (77.4%) and 343 foreigners.

Recoveries continued to outpace new cases with 2,076 today for a 93.4% recovery rate with 294,034 discharged todate. This resulted in the number of active cases falling below 20,000 to 19,778, with 160 at intensive care units and 79 needing respirators.

There were another eight deaths today, including a foreigner – with two each in Sabah, Penang and Johor while Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak recorded one each. This brought the overall fatality tally to 1,177.

While four new clusters were identified today, another nine had ended. The overall tally stands at 1,203 clusters, with 736 ended.

The four new clusters today are Cyber 72 and Jalan i-Park Tiga in Johor plus Jalan Loke Yew (Kuala Lumpur) and Bukit Bayas (Terengganu). The Terengganu cluster is community based while the other three are workplace-related.