Malaysia Records Highest Daily Cases in Over Three Months

Malaysia has recorded 4,855 new COVID-19 cases on May 13, its highest in over three months.

The 4,855 new cases is the highest single-day number seen since Jan. 31 in the Southeast Asian country, bringing the total to 458,077 cases.

Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that three of the new daily cases were imported while the remaining were local.

The health ministry warned earlier this week that daily cases could further increase up to 5,000 by the middle of the month.

Malaysia also recorded 27 new deaths on May 13, a decrease from yesterday’s figure at 39 — the highest single-day deaths.

The death toll is now at 1,788.

Last May 10, the government declared a nationwide lockdown as the country grapples with a surge of cases partly due to highly contagious variants of the virus.

Under the lockdown, domestic travel, social gatherings, and in-person classes in schools are banned.

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