PUTRAJAYA 20 MAR: The 1,671 new COVID-19 cases today bringing the cumulative total to 331,713 had superseded 1,585 discharged with the grand total of 316,042 (95.3%) with 14,442 active cases.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdulah said, from the new cases two were imported involving one citizen and another one non-citizen while out of 1,669 local cases, 1,038 or 62.2% were citizens and 631 or 37.8% were non-citizens.

“From the new cases, 151 had been admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 64 needed respiratory aids. However, four deaths involving Malaysians were recorded bringing the death toll to 1,229 or 0.37%.

“The deaths were two from Selangor and one each from Sabah and Kedah,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a statement here today.

Selangor has recorded the highest daily cases with 652 (39%) and from that 496 (76.1%) were from the clusters and close contact screening tests that had been carried out on the grounds. Penang follows with 328 cases (19.6%) and Sarawak with 152 cases (9.2%).

Meanwhile 236 cases (14.1%) were related to the clusters in the prison and Immigration Detention Depots (DTI) involving DTI Juru (206), Jalan Harapan Prison (24), Tapah Wall (3), Pengkalan Chepa Wall (2) and DTI Sepang (1).

Four new clusters had been formed and from that two were involving work places namely, Teluk Air Tawar in Penang and Pekan Nenas Industrial Area in Johor while the other two clusters affecting the communities were Tanjung Genting in Sarawak and Pulau Pisang in Perak.

States contributing to new COVID-19 cases include Selangor 652 cases, Sabah (102), Johor (130), Kuala Lumpur (78), Negeri Sembilan (25), Penang (328), Sarawak (154), Perak (37), Kedah (46), Melaka (18), Kelantan (63), Pahang (3), Terengganu (32), Labuan (3), Putrajaya (0) and Perlis (0). – Malaysia World News

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