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Malaysia reports 23,564 new COVID-19 cases, setting record for third straight day

Malaysia reports 23,564 new COVID-19 cases, setting record for third straight day

People wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 in Seri Kembangan, Malaysia, Jul 12, 2021. (File photo: REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 23,564 new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Aug 20), setting a new daily record for a third consecutive day.

The country has recorded more than 1.5 million infections since the start of the pandemic.

Selangor reported the highest number of new cases on Friday with 6,974 infections, while Kuala Lumpur added 1,652. Together with Putrajaya, the Klang Valley accounted for 8,650 new infections.

Two states - Sabah and Sarawak - recorded more than 2,000 cases each, reaching 2,738 and 2,548 respectively.

Five other states exceeded 1,000 new infections - Kedah with 1,932, Penang with 1,523, Johor with 1,323, Kelantan with 1,281 and Perak with 1,248.

The states that recorded triple-digit increases were Melaka with 610, Negeri Sembilan with 608, Terengganu with 521 and Pahang with 517.

Malaysia also reported 233 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing its cumulative death toll to 13,713.

The country of 32 million people has administered close to 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Thursday, according to the health ministry.

About 12.1 million people have received both vaccine doses, while about 17.8 million have received at least one dose.

The previous record in Malaysia was 22,948 new cases, reported on Thursday. Friday was the seventh time in August that the country set a new daily record for infections.

Malaysia first crossed the 20,000-mark for daily cases on Aug 5. New infections have not dipped below 17,000 cases a day since then.

The country on Friday eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people in more states, namely Kedah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Dining-in, non-contact sports and recreational activities can resume for fully vaccinated residents of these areas, which are under phase one of the National Recovery Plan.

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Source: CNA/jt/dv

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