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Covid-19 (May 20): Another record high - 6,806 new cases, 59 deaths

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Modified 21 May 2021, 12:32 am

COVID-19 | The Health Ministry has reported 6,806 new cases of Covid-19 today, the second day in a row that cases have hit new records and exceeded the 6,000 mark.

The number of active Covid-19 cases has breached the 50,000 mark for the second time since the start of the pandemic and dangerously close to the record of 52,186 set on Feb 5.

A new record was set today for deaths, patients needing intensive care and patients requiring a ventilator to breath.

  • Active cases: 50,171
  • Patients in ICU: 587*
  • Intubated: 330*

[*Editor's note: These figure does not include "probable" or "suspected' Covid-19 cases. See here.]

New cases by state:

  • Selangor (2,277)
  • Kuala Lumpur (655)
  • Johor (615)
  • Sarawak (608)
  • Kelantan (426)
  • Kedah (417)
  • Penang (362)
  • Negeri Sembilan (291)
  • Perak (248)
  • Sabah (245)
  • Terengganu (233)
  • Malacca (212)
  • Pahang (157)
  • Putrajaya (35)
  • Labuan (17)
  • Perlis (8)

A cursory look suggests that the spread of Covid-19 is accelerating in most parts of the country.

Terengganu (233) set another new record for daily cases today.

Sabah (245) reported a relatively high number after averaging double-digits during the 14-days prior.

The regions of Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Penang and Putrajaya today reported numbers that are very near record levels.

At the national level, the R-naught as of yesterday was 1.10, which has crept up gradually from 1.05 on May 14.

The only regions where the R-naught was less than 1.00 were Sabah, Kelantan and Perlis

Death

A record number of 59 deaths were reported today. The national Covid-19 death toll stood at 2,099.

The highest number of deaths was reported by Johor (14) followed by Selangor (10), Kuala Lumpur (8), Kelantan (6), Negeri Sembilan (4), Malacca (4), Kedah (3), Perak (3), Terengganu (3), Sarawak (2), Sabah (1) and Penang (1). 

The youngest victim was 37 years of age. Seven of the victims were pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. 

For a detailed breakdown of the reported deaths today, please refer to our Covid-19 tracker site.

Clusters

The Health Ministry is currently monitoring 528 active Covid-19 clusters. There are now more active clusters than the previous peak in January. 

The most active cluster is the Jalan Tanjung Kupang cluster involving a construction site in Johor Bharu, Johor. This was the only cluster with new cases in the triple digits.

Of the 24 new clusters classified today, six were linked to "religious events" and nine to "workplaces". Details are as follows:

Jalan Bunga Azalea cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Selangor
District(s): Hulu Selangor
Total infected: 11 out of 55 screened

Jalan Makasar cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Johor
District(s): Kluang
Total infected: 27 out of 36 screened

Teknologi Juru cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Penang
District(s): Sebarang Perai Tengah
Total infected: 20 out of 108 screened

Jalan Kampung Juru cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Penang
District(s): Seberang Perai Tengah and Seberang Perai Selatan
Total infected: 12 out of 201 screened

Lorong Karamunsing cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Sabah
District(s): Kota Kinabalu, Putatan, Penampang and Tuaran
Total infected: 28 out of 106 screened

Jalan Tun Fuad cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Sabah
District(s): Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Putatan
Total infected: 11 out of 641 screened

Jalan Pengalat Lok Kawi cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Sabah
District(s): Papar and Kota Kinabalu
Total infected: 16 out of 71 screened

Jalan Dato Dol Said cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Malacca
District(s): Alor Gajah and Jasin
Total infected: 27 out of 136 screened

Bukit Tempayan cluster
Category: Workplace
State(s): Malacca
District(s): Melaka Tengah
Total infected: 11 out of 62 screened

Jalan Iskandar cluster
Category: Religious event
State(s): Selangor
District(s): Klang
Total infected: 13 out of 22 screened

Taman Sri Muda cluster
Category: Religious event
State(s): Selangor
District(s): Klang
Total infected: 16 out of 28 screened

Jalan Perwira Lapan cluster
Category: Religious event
State(s): Johor
District(s): Johor Bahru
Total infected: 18 out of 108 screened

Taman Maju Jaya cluster
Category: Religious event
State(s): Johor
District(s): Batu Pahat
Total infected: 12 out of 64 screened

Dah Berapit cluster
Category: Religious event
State(s): Kedah
District(s): Kuala Muda and Kulim
Total infected: 36 out of 61 screened

Jalan Kretam Silimpopom cluster
Category: Religious event
State(s): Sabah
District(s): Kalabakan
Total infected: 42 out of 142 screened

Kenyalang Park cluster
Category: Community
State(s): Sarawak
District(s): Kuching and Samarahan
Total infected: 27 out of 65 screened

Kampung Tebakang cluster
Category: Community
State(s): Sarawak
District(s): Serian
Total infected: 18 out of 78 screened

Dah Insun cluster
Category: Community
State(s): Kedah
District(s): Penang and Kuala Muda
Total infected: 35 out of 284 screened

Padang Lalang Dua cluster
Category: Community
State(s): Penang
District(s): Seberang Perai Tengah
Total infected: 10 out of 26 screened

Batu Lapan Bukit Rambai cluster
Category: Community
State(s): Malacca
District(s): Melaka Tengah and Jasin
Total infected: 12 out of 30 screened

Jalan Dara cluster
Category: Community
State(s): Pahang
District(s): Maran
Total infected: 11 out of 20 screened

Sri Tanjung cluster
Category: Community
State(s): Pahang
District(s): Bentong
Total infected: 17 out of 47 screened

Tok Dor cluster
Category: High-risk Group
State(s): Terengganu
District(s): Setiu, Kuala Nerus and Besut
Total infected: 25 out of 63 screened

Kandis cluster
Category: Education Ministry institution
State(s): Kelantan
District(s): Bachok
Total infected: 25 out of 48 screened