KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — Health authorities continue to report a surge of coronavirus cases in Malaysia, with 117 new infections today, totalling 790 cases in the country.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 80 new cases today were linked to the recent tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque here, totalling 513 infections from that Muslim religious event.
Fifteen Covid-19 patients are in intensive care and require breathing aid, while 11 have recovered and been discharged from hospital, totalling 60 patient recoveries.
Selangor remained the most infected state with 192 cases, followed by the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya at 119, and Sabah at 103. Most of the other states reported Covid-19 infections in the double digits.
The tabligh event has been linked to novel coronavirus infections in Brunei, Singapore, Cambodia, and Thailand.
Malaysia has been reporting new coronavirus infections numbering over 100 each day since Sunday when 190 new cases were reported then, 125 on Monday, and 120 yesterday.
In a statement, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba urged those who feel unwell to contact the CPRC hotline that operates from 8am to 5pm.
The minister did not hold an online press conference today or answer other questions in the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) media WhatsApp group for details on any other clusters, MOH’s testing strategy, or whether Patient Zero from the tabligh cluster has been identified.