Malaysians should "prepare for the worst," according to a leading health official, after a record 7289 new cases of coronavirus were reported by the Health Ministry in a day.
"Our daily Covid-19 cases are following an exponential trend," warned ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah on Tuesday.
The high comes a day after a daily death toll record of 61 was reported, taking the total to 2309, and only two days after the highest previous single-day case number. The ministry was reporting around 1000 cases a day at the start of last month.
Official data collated by the University of Oxford's Our World in Data show Malaysia's seven-day rolling average of cases per million to be the highest in South-East Asia and to have exceeded India's.
Malaysia's government imposed a third lockdown earlier this month in an attempt to rein in the virus surge. "Please stay at home," Hisham said on Tuesday.
Over 520,000 people have been been infected with the virus in Malaysia, of whom almost 460,000 were listed by the ministry on Monday as "recovered."