COVID-19: Malaysia records 190 new cases today, bringing total to 428

The Ministry of Health has recorded the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Malaysia with 190 new cases. It is reported that most of these new cases are related to the Sri Petaling cluster. As of 12pm today, the total number of cumulative positive cases in the country stands at 428.

The Ministry is still tracking down all participants of the religious event and has urged the remaining participants to come forward and to contact their nearest district health offices for further action.

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On the positive side, there are 7 new recovery cases and most of them are related to Case 26 and Case 33 Clusters. All seven have received treatment and are discharged from Hospital Sungai Buloh. There are now 42 recovered COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, which leaves 386 cases still receiving treatment. The Ministry has also shared that 9 positive cases are currently receiving treatment in ICU and they require breathing support.

At the moment, there are over 156,000 cases worldwide with 5,612 deaths reported so far. Italy currently has the highest number of cases outside of China with 21,157 cases and 1,441 deaths recorded as of 10am today. Both Spain and France have just announced their respective lockdowns after the number of positive cases jumped to 6,391 and 4,480 respectively.

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Last Friday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has advised that all forms of gatherings and events are to be postponed or cancelled to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Health Minister Dr. Adham Baba has urged Malaysians to avoid public gathering that exceeds 50 people.

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Alexander Wong