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Malaysia reports 317 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily rise

Malaysia reported a record daily increase in novel coronavirus cases for the second day in a row on Saturday, with 317 new infections.

Malaysia reports 317 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily rise

FILE PHOTO: Students wearing masks walk past a classroom at a secondary school, as schools reopen amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Shah Alam, Malaysia on Jun 24, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported a record daily increase in novel coronavirus cases for the second day in a row on Saturday (Oct 3), with 317 new infections.

Malaysia has reported a total of 12,088 cases. The health ministry also recorded one new death, raising the total to 137.

Three new clusters were also identified, the country's Ministry of Health added.

Two are in Kedah, identified as the Bah Lunas and Bah Rose clusters, while the third, known as the Jelok cluster, is in Selangor.

The Bah Lunas cluster was detected in Kulim, Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, adding that the initial case had travelled to Sabah.

“The 35-year-old man was tested positive on Sep 30 and admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Kedah," he said during a press conference on Saturday. 

"Following that, close contact screenings were carried out and three more COVID-19 positive cases were identified.

“All the positive cases linked to the cluster involved locals and they were also admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital."

The source of infection was still under investigation, he said.

Within the cluster, 112 individuals were screened, he added. Of these, four tested positive, 21 tested negative and 87 are still awaiting results. 

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Source: AGENCIES/ga

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