KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 13,215 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday (Jul 15), setting a record for the third consecutive day.
This is the country's fifth record caseload in the last seven days and the first time it has registered more than 13,000 daily COVID-19 cases.
Klang Valley once again accounted for more than half of the cases, with 6,120 in Selangor and 1,499 in Kuala Lumpur. The neighbouring state of Negeri Sembilan reported 1,603 cases.
Johor reported 599 cases while Penang had 509 infections.
Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said 60.9 per cent of the new cases were asymptomatic while 35.1 per cent had mild symptoms.
Those with lung infections, lung infections requiring oxygen and those requiring ventilation amounted to 531 cases.
There were also 110 more fatalities, taking the national death toll to 6,613. Fifteen of them were classified as "brought in dead" as they did not die in hospital.
A total of 885 patients are warded in the intensive care unit, with 432 requiring respiratory support.
The health ministry said new coronavirus variants, including the Delta variant, were more contagious and could spread among close contacts in five seconds.
This is compared to the minimum of 15 minutes needed for transmission of previous variants.
The new variants can also be spread through "airborne" transmission, said Dr Noor Hisham.
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Twenty-six new clusters were also identified, taking the total number of active clusters in the country to 873.
Dr Noor Hisham earlier this week attributed the recent rise in new cases to increased COVID-19 testing.
He also emphasised that vaccination was the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic and urged more Malaysians to get their jabs.
Malaysia entered its third nationwide lockdown on Jun 1, shortly after it breached the 9,000 mark for new cases for the first time on May 29.
Numbers reached record highs again on Jul 9 and Jul 10, with more than 9,100 cases on each day before it breached the 11,000 mark for the first time on Tuesday.
As of Thursday, Malaysia has reported a total of 880,782 COVID-19 cases, of which 108,369 are currently active or infectious.