Malaysia

Malaysia reports record coronavirus cases and deaths

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Malaysia reports record coronavirus cases and deaths

People queue outside a Lotus's supermarket after a 'total lockdown' was announced amid a COVID-19 surge in the Sungai Dua neighborhood, in Gelugor, Penang state, Malaysia on May 29, 2021 in this still image from social media video taken May 29, 2021.

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Malaysia sees a surge in COVID-19 incidence partly due to highly transmissible variants

Malaysia reported 9,020 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, May 29, the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic and the fifth straight day of record new infections.

The health ministry also reported 98 deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19, another daily record. The latest figures took the total number of cases in the country to 558,534 and deaths to 2,650.

Malaysia has seen a surge in coronavirus incidence in recent weeks, partly due to highly transmissible variants.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday announced a two-week nationwide lockdown starting in June, allowing only essential economic and service sectors to stay open. – Rappler.com