Malaysia reports seven Covid-19-related deaths as daily new cases top 1,000 for first time

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 24): Malaysia reported seven Covid-19-related deaths today as the number of daily new cases tops 1,000 for the first time at 1,228.

Health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pictured) said the deaths brought the cumulative number of fatalities due to the pandemic to 221 so far.

"A total of 671 persons were reported to have recovered today,” Dr Noor Hisham said at a press conference in Putrajaya today.

In a separate statement today, Dr Noor Hisham said the new Covid-19 cases reported today brought the total number of infected persons in Malaysia to 25,742 so far.

"Until now, there are 92 Covid-19 positive cases which are being treated in the intensive care unit. (Out of the 92 patients), 31 cases need breathing assistance,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the 1,228 new cases included 11 imported cases while the rest are local transmissions.

According to him, the locally-transmitted cases comprise 889 infected individuals from Sabah, 96 from Negeri Sembilan, 76 each from Selangor and Kedah, 23 from Penang, 21 from Labuan, 10 from Perak, eight each from Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak, seven from Johor and three from Melaka.

He said the imported cases, which were reported in Kuala Lumpur, comprise three Malaysians and eight foreigners. 

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