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Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam June 24, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Healthcare workers collect swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam June 24, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 — Malaysia has reported its highest Covid-19 cases in a single day for the second time this week with 24,599 new infections today.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on his Facebook account that this brought the cumulative total to 1,640,843 Covid-19 infections to date.

Selangor again topped the day’s numbers with 6,936 new infections, followed by Sabah with 3,487, Johor with 2,785, Sarawak with 2,024 and Kedah with 1,538 cases, making up the five states with the highest number of new cases.

Kelantan was the next highest with 1,312 cases, ahead of Perak (1,170), Kuala Lumpur (881), Pahang (690), Terengganu (567), Negri Sembilan (526), Melaka (515), Perlis (57), Putrajaya (20) and Labuan (three).

There were 24,591 local infections today, involving 19,712 Malaysians and 4,879 foreigners, as well as eight imported cases.

Noor Hisham added that as of yesterday, the country’s Covid-19 infectivity rate was at 1.02.

Dr Noor Hisham also reported 35 new Covid-19 clusters. Twenty are from workplaces, nine within the general community, four within high-risk groups and one each in a detention and education centre.

He added that the clusters with the highest increase in new cases today are the Dengkil Jaya cluster (134 cases), Industri Dua Sungai Lalang cluster (86 cases) and Tapak Bina Persiaran Alam Sari cluster (79 cases).


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