Malaysia's Total COVID-19 Cases Officially Surpasses Mainland China

Mainland China, the first epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, has 1,143 fewer cases than Malaysia.

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After reporting 1,295 new COVID-19 cases in a single day yesterday, 16 December, Malaysia has officially surpassed mainland China's cumulative cases

As of Wednesday, Malaysia's COVID-19 cases tally stood at 87,913, which is 1,143 cases more than mainland China.

Mainland China currently has 86,770 cumulative cases.

The country, where the first COVID-19 outbreak was discovered, recorded merely seven new cases yesterday — all of which are imported cases, according to China's National Health Commission.

CodeBlue reported that Malaysia is now the 79th country with the highest total COVID-19 cases in the world.

The three ASEAN countries with more cases than Malaysia are:
- Indonesia at 19th place: 636,154 cases
- the Philippines at 28th place: 452,988 cases
- Myanmar at 69th place: 110,667 cases

Singapore reported zero locally transmitted COVID-19 cases yesterday. The country has 58,353 total confirmed cases so far, reported CNA.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's total COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population is 44.8 times higher than mainland China

According to data gathered from Worldometer, CodeBlue reported that 270 out of 100,000 people in Malaysia are infected with the virus, while only six out of 100,000 people in mainland China are infected with the virus.

Malaysia's estimated population of 32.7 million is 45 times smaller than mainland China's 1.4 billion population.

Additionally, 1.32 people in Malaysia have died from COVID-19 per 100,000 population, as compared to 0.32 in China.

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As of now, Malaysia has 14,751 active cases and 196 active clusters

51 clusters reported new COVID-19 cases yesterday.

37% of the new cases were reported in Selangor, making it the state with the highest number of new infections at 481 cases yesterday.

Sabah accounted for 20% of all new cases in the country yesterday, while Kuala Lumpur accounted for 18%.

Seven new deaths were reported on Wednesday too, bringing the total deaths to 429.

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On 24 November, Malaysia officially surpassed Singapore's cumulative COVID-19 cases:

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