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New COVID-19 cases in Malaysia dip below 2,000 for third straight day

New COVID-19 cases in Malaysia dip below 2,000 for third straight day

A medical worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot at Kuala Lumpur Hospital on Mar 1, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 1,529 new COVID-19 cases on Monday (Mar 8), making it the third consecutive day where daily cases have dipped below the 2,000 mark. 

Nine of the new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia were imported, while the remaining 1,520 transmissions were locally transmitted, said health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Selangor, which reported 726 new infections, continued to report the highest number of cases, followed by Sarawak (252) and Johor (120), he said.

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Dr Noor Hisham also said that there were 2,076 recoveries, taking the total number of recovered cases to 294,034. There are now 19,778 active cases. 

Despite improvements in the COVID-19 situation, another eight deaths were reported overnight, said Dr Noor Hisham. The deaths involved seven Malaysians and a foreigner, aged between 61 and 89. 

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