Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia logged a record 6,075 coronavirus cases in a single day on Wednesday, with authorities warning of a “dire” situation as hospitals in the worst-affected districts quickly fill up.
For months, the Southeast Asian nation has been fighting a rising outbreak and has already tightened restrictions across the country ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr last week.
However, the number of illnesses has continued to grow, prompting officials to explore tighter lockdowns in some places.
The 5,728 cases filed on Wednesday surpassed the previous high of 5,728 established on January 30.
According to the health ministry, 46 people died, which is the second-highest number on record after 47 on Tuesday.
The wealthiest and most populous sections of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and the neighboring state of Selangor have been the hardest damaged.
Noor Hisham Abdullah, the country’s top health official, described the situation as “dire” and warned that intensive care units were filling up.
“The healthcare system… is under tremendous pressure,” he wrote on Facebook. “Frontliners are drained and fatigued.”
Most businesses can continue to operate under Malaysia’s existing limitations, which are in place until June 7, but social activities such as group lunches and wedding receptions are prohibited.
Travel to different sections of the country is forbidden, and schools and universities are shuttered.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, Malaysia has reported 485,496 cases and 2,040 deaths.