KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 22,642 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Aug 25), bringing its total tally of infections to more than 1.6 million since the start of the pandemic.
It also recorded 265 deaths from the coronavirus.
Selangor reported the highest number of new cases on Wednesday with 6,325 infections, while Kuala Lumpur added 1,128. Along with Putrajaya, the Klang Valley accounted for 7,474 new infections.
Sabah recorded more than 3,000 new cases, while Kedah logged case numbers of above 2,000.
Five other states exceeded 1,000 new infections - Johor with 1,832, Sarawak with 1,667, Penang with 1,427, Kelantan with 1,424 and Perak with 1,390.
Restrictions were eased on Aug 20 for fully vaccinated people in states that are currently under phase one of the National Recovery Plan. Dining-in, non-contact sports and recreational activities were also allowed for fully vaccinated residents of these areas.
States that are still under phase one are Kedah, Selangor, Melaka and Johor, as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
Even as Malaysia tries to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, it has had to deal with a change in political leadership, with new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob sworn in last Saturday.
Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim said on Wednesday that the opposition will not “complicate” the vote of confidence for Mr Ismail Sabri if the government introduces “pro-people” programmes in its COVID-19 pandemic management.
“We told him, if the situation is such, and if the programmes are pro-people, we will not complicate (the vote of confidence),” Mr Anwar told reporters after meeting the prime minister.
Mr Anwar said he took the meeting as a good start to bring up issues such as better, more effective COVID-19 handling measures and “pro-people” programmes that focus on poverty and loss of employment.
“We agreed to soothe and bring down the political temperature,” he said.