By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Malaysia Ministry of Health recorded another record COVID-19 case count today, reporting 22,948, beating out the 22,242 record infections the day before.

This brings the country total since the start of the pandemic to 1,489,460 cumulative cases and more than 13,000 deaths. More than one-third of Malaysia’s cases and deaths have been reported in just the past month.

On Thursday, Selangor state saw 7175 cases, topping all other states, followed by Sabah (2583) and Kedah (2137).

The surge in cases comes despite a lockdown in place since mid-May that has caused the economy to tank.

Criticism of the government’s pandemic response contributed to the resignation  this week of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.