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Covid-19: 563 new cases, two deaths recorded in Malaysia today

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Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 12): The number of new Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia remained at three digits, with 563 cases reported in the past 24 hours to take the cumulative total to 16,220, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the number of active cases also rose to 5,039, while two fatalities were reported to take the death toll to 159.

Of the 563 cases, only one was imported involving a Malaysian returning from Indonesia.

He said that although Sabah continued to record the highest number of daily cases with 291, Penang reported the biggest increase, with 141 cases involving the Remand Prison Cluster.

“Selangor recorded 69 cases; followed by Kuala Lumpur (27); Negeri Sembilan (12); Kedah (10); Perak (four); Johor, Putrajaya and Labuan (two each); as well as Sarawak and Melaka (one each),” Dr Noor Hisham said in a virtual media conference streamed live via the Health Ministry’s Facebook account here today.

Dr Noor Hisham said 98 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit, with 29 needing ventilator support.

Of the 562 local transmission cases, 498 involved Malaysians while 68 were foreigners.

“Of the 562 cases, 10 were returnees from Sabah, bringing the number of cases with a travel history to the state since Sept 20 to 363,” he said.

There were also 109 recoveries, taking the cumulative total recoveries to 11,022 cases or 67.9 per cent of the total number of cases.

He said the two fatalities today involved two women in Sabah, one a Malaysian and the other a foreigner.

“The 158th death case involved an 85-year-old Malaysian woman, with a history of high blood pressure, heart disease and chronic lung disease, at the Tawau Hospital while the 159th death case involved a 48-year-old foreign woman at the Tuaran Hospital,” he said. – Bernama