KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — Kelantan reported a record high 662 new Covid-19 cases today, just two days after a previous 24-hour high of 429 infections on April 20.
Malaysia recorded 2,875 new coronavirus infections today, the eighth consecutive day of above 2,000 daily cases, leading to a cumulative 384,688 cumulative cases.
Kelantan notched the highest number of infections in the country today, followed by Selangor (633 cases), and Sarawak (474).
This is the 10th day Kelantan recorded three-digit cases consecutively. New Covid-19 cases multiplied by 1.7 times in the east coast state from 370 cases yesterday to 662 cases today.
Among the new coronavirus infections recorded nationwide today, Kuala Lumpur reported 332 new Covid-19 cases, Johor (169 cases), and Sabah (160 cases). In the capital city, 184 cases were found from close contact screenings, 119 from other screenings, 26 imported infections, and three from clusters (including two from a new cluster, Jalan Salahuddin cluster).
A total of 368 Covid-19 cases in Kelantan reported today were related to clusters, including one case from a new educational cluster, Mengkebeng cluster. A total of 199 cases were detected through close contact screening, while 95 cases were detected from other screenings.
Today, 13 new clusters were reported nationwide, out of which five were workplace clusters reported in Selangor (one), Johor (two), Sabah (one), and Kuala Lumpur (one). Four community clusters were reported, one each in Sarawak, Melaka, Selangor, and Perak.
Three educational clusters were also detected in Selangor, Kelantan, and Kedah, while one religious cluster was reported in Negeri Sembilan.
Health minister Dr Adham Baba yesterday said that the Education Ministry, Higher Education Ministry, higher education institutes, and all education institutes will, together with district health offices, jointly consider the need to close certain premises or classes upon risk evaluation by the district health office.
Malaysia currently has 22,014 active Covid-19 cases, including 248 patients in the intensive care unit and 115 patients on ventilator support.
Seven new deaths were reported today, bringing the nation’s death toll to 1,407.