M'sia sees record high of over 15,000 Covid-19 cases on July 24

Driven largely by the Delta variant.

Guan Zhen Tan | July 24, 2021, 05:07 PM

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Malaysia reported a new record number of Covid-19 infections on July 24, with a total of 15,902 cases, according to Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Highest daily number of infections since pandemic started

Most cases were reported out of Selangor, with 7,351 new cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur at 2,406.

This brings the cumulative number of cases in Malaysia to 996,393.

This is the highest number of daily infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

The record-breaking number of cases comes amidst the third nation-wide Movement Control Order (MCO) which started on June 1, and was extended until mid-July.

M'sia to remain under MCO until indicators met

Most of Malaysia has been under lockdown since May 12, but daily case numbers and deaths continue to see a sharp increase.

Authorities blamed the rising trend on the more transmissible variants of Covid-19, especially the Delta variant, Reuters reported.

Malaysia will likely remain under Phase 1 of this particular MCO until three key indicators have been met.

This includes having less than 4,000 daily cases, moderate use of beds in Intensive Care Units and 10 per cent of the Malaysian population receiving two doses of the vaccine.

The third indicator seems to have already been met, according to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said 46.7 per cent of the country's adult population have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 21.8 per cent have received two doses of a vaccine.

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