THE number of new COVID-19 cases in Malaysia jumps to 869 today, making it the highest figure ever recorded since the pandemic afflicted the country.

Four deaths were reported as of 12 noon today, making the total number of cumulative deaths in Malaysia due to the plague currently at 180 cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that, with the new development, the total number of cases in Malaysia had now surpassed the 19,000 figure, namely, 19,627 cases, with active infectious cases increasing to 6,886.

“All the new cases today are local infections involving 745 citizens and 124 non-citizens with Sabah still recording the highest new infections, namely, 451 cases (51.9 per cent),’’ he told a virtual media conference aired in the Facebook of the Ministry of Health (MOH) today.

Dr Noor Hisham said, overall, 224 cases (25.8 per cent) today were from the Tembok Cluster, Remand Prison Cluster and the Seberang Perai Prison Cluster which were isolated cases in prisons and did not infect society.