With 407 cases, Sarawak overtakes Selangor as state with highest daily Covid-19 numbers on Friday

PUTRAJAYA: With 407 cases, Sarawak overtook Selangor as the state with the highest number of daily Covid-19 infections on Friday (March 19).

Read more here: Health Ministry: 1,576 new cases, two fatalities bring death toll to 1,225

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 382 or 93.9% of Sarawak’s cases were uncovered from clusters and contact tracing activities.

The Semuja Immigration Depot cluster in Serian alone accounted for 146 of Sarawak’s cases, he added.

Selangor recorded 348 cases while four other states or territories had three-digit numbers, namely Penang (182), Kuala Lumpur (175), Johor (137) and Perak (100).

Of all the states, only Perlis had zero new cases.

There were 11 imported cases, while the rest are local transmissions.

Of the local cases, 867 involve Malaysian citizens, while 698 are foreigners.

Two new fatalities to Covid-19 were confirmed, taking Malaysia’s death toll to 1,225.

Dr Noor Hisham said the two deaths were recorded in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak.

“Both fatalities are Malaysian citizens. The Health Ministry extends its condolences to their families,” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily Covid-19 press statement on Friday.

The Kuala Lumpur case involved a 71-year-old man who died at Hospital Sungai Buloh.

He had a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and chronic kidney disease.

The Sarawak case involved a 55-year-old man at the Sibu Hospital.

Dr Noor Hisham said there are now 151 patients under intensive care, with 57 of them on ventilator support.

Another 1,996 patients were discharged on Friday, which means 314,457 people in Malaysia or 95.3% of those infected by the coronavirus have recovered.

The country’s daily infection figures saw a slight jump with 1,576 new cases, compared to 1,213 on Thursday and 1,219 on Wednesday.

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