KUALA LUMPUR, 13 July (AP)- Malaysia reported a record 11,079 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (Jul 13), a sharp increase from already high infection levels in the past week.

This is also the first time that daily COVID-19 cases have hit five figures.

Only 27 of the new infections were imported, with the rest classified as local cases.

More than half of the new cases were once again from the Klang Valley area, with 5,263 in Selangor and 1,521 in Kuala Lumpur.

There were 1,033 new infections in neighbouring state Negeri Sembilan while Sarawak and Johor registered 472 and 406 respectively.

The health ministry also announced 125 more fatalities, aged 27 to 86, taking the national death toll to 6,385.

A total of 972 patients are in the intensive care unit, yet another record. Of these, 456 require respiratory support.

As of Tuesday, Malaysia has reported a total of 855,949 COVID-19 cases, of which 96,236 are currently active or infectious.