Malaysia Reports Record Daily Coronavirus Cases Amid Lockdown

Malaysia on Friday reported the biggest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases since the outbreak began, even as authorities impose tighter movement restrictions in several areas to curb infections.

The Southeast Asian nation added a record 9,180 Covid-19 cases, as well as 77 deaths, according to Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah. The previous record was 9,020 on May 29.

Although an accelerated vaccine roll-out has allowed the government to ease virus curbs in six states, providing some breathing space to the economy, much of the country remains under lockdown since June 1.

The latest figures bring the total number of infections in Malaysia to 817,838, according to Noor Hisham. Selangor, the richest state, continue to lead the surge with 4,400 cases on Friday, followed by 1,271 from capital city Kuala Lumpur.

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