Malaysia records more than 15,500 new COVID-19 cases amid lockdown

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported a record 15,573 new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Jul 23), surpassing its previous high by more than 2,000 infections. 

This is also the first time the country has breached the 15,000 mark for new daily cases.

The Klang Valley area once again accounted for more than half of the new infections with 7,672 in Selangor and 2,063 in Kuala Lumpur. 

There were also 722 new cases in Johor and 530 in Penang. 

Another 144 fatalities were announced, taking the death toll to 7,718. Eight of them were brought in dead. 

There were 939 patients in the intensive care unit, with 456 requiring respiratory support. 

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People wait to receive COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Kuala Lumpur

People wait to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 31, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said 53.1 per cent of the new cases were asymptomatic while 45.6 per cent had mild symptoms. 

About 102 cases or 0.6 per cent had lung infections while 74 people or 0.5 per cent required oxygen.

The remaining 29 cases or 0.2 per cent are on ventilators in critical condition. 

July has been a month of several record highs for Malaysia, which has been under a renewed nationwide lockdown since Jun 1. The country hit its previous record high of 13,215 cases just last week on Jul 15.

Record numbers were also reached on Jul 9, Jul 10Jul 13 and Jul 14

Malaysia also logged its second highest daily tally just one day ago on Jul 22 and marked its deadliest day since the start of the pandemic on Jul 21 with 199 fatalities

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Malaysia has been under a renewed nationwide lockdown since Jun 1. (Photo: AP)

The surge in cases comes amid a variety of issues currently burdening the country, including a political tussle among party leaders as well as calls to reopen parliament

Citizens have also taken to the Internet to air their displeasure with the current leaders under the hashtag #KerajaanGagal (failed government). 

They have also established a grassroots “white flag” movement in a bid to help those who are the worst-hit by the pandemic and inadequately supported by government relief efforts. 

As of Friday, Malaysia has reported a total of 980,491 COVID-19 cases, of which 147,386 are currently active or infectious. 

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Author: Shirley