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Covid-19 : Record high of 61 deaths

Putrajaya – Malaysia reported 61 new Covid-19 deaths, once again setting a new record in the country.

The last time Malaysia saw a record number of daily deaths was May 20, with 59 fatalities.

In his daily Covid-19 update on Monday (May 24), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll has now gone up to 2,309.

“All the 61 deaths involved Malaysian citizens. Of the deaths, 16 were in Selangor, 11 in Johor, six each in Melaka and Penang, five in Kuala Lumpur, four in Kedah, three each in Sarawak, Negri Sembilan and Pahang, two in Terengganu and one each in Perak and Labuan, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The youngest casualty was a 27-year-old man with a history of diabetes, who died at Hospital Melaka.

The oldest is a 98-year-old woman who passed away at the Penang Hospital. She had no history of comorbidities.

Six cases were classified as “brought in dead”.

The number of patients in intensive care units (ICU) has risen to 711, with 369 people requiring ventilator support.

In the same 24-hour span, 3,452 patients were discharged.

The country’s total Covid-19 recoveries stands at 456,273, a recovery rate of 88%.

Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 cases rose to 518,600 after 6,509 new cases were reported.

Selangor recorded 31% of Malaysia’s new cases with 2,049 infections.

Of Selangor’s total, 1,536 or 74% of the state’s cases were uncovered from contact tracing activities.

The rest were from clusters (111 cases) and unlinked cases traced from various screening activities (402 cases). – The Star

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