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More than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia in 9th record this month

More than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia in 9th record this month

Volunteers wearing protective suits lay down the body of a COVID-19 victim for burial at the Raudhatul Sakinah Muslim cemetery in Kuala Lumpur on Jun 15, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia hit another record high for new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Jul 28) with 17,405 infections. Only six of these were imported infections. 

More than half of the new cases were once again from the Klang Valley with 7,171 in Selangor and 2,880 in Kuala Lumpur.

Case numbers in Kedah also remained high at 1,112, while Sabah and Johor reported 913 and 767 respectively.

The health ministry also announced another 143 fatalities, taking the national death toll to 8,551. 

There are currently 1,016 patients in the intensive care unit, down slightly from a record 1,023 people on Tuesday. Of those warded, 529 require respiratory support. 

The surge in cases comes after the country reported a record number of critically ill patients on Tuesday, with deaths also reaching new highs in recent days. 

This is Malaysia's ninth daily tally record this month after its it crossed the 1 million mark just three days ago with previous high of 17,045 cases.

Record numbers were also reached on Jul 9, Jul 10Jul 13Jul 14, Jul 15, Jul 23 and Jul 24

As of Wednesday, Malaysia has reported a total of 1,061,476 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. A total of 175,113 cases are currently active or infectious. 

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Source: CNA/zl

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