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Malaysia records highest Covid-19 daily deaths with 25; new cases drop to 2,712

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 18): Malaysia recorded its highest daily number of deaths from Covid-19 pandemic with 25 today, bringing the total fatalities to 1,030.

The previous record high of daily fatalities was seen on Feb 8 with 24.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stressed that the challenge now is to protect the vulnerable group as they are at higher risk from Covid-19 infections.

"Today's number (of deaths) is quite high. When more people get infected that means elder population and those who have morbidity (also get infected). The challenge is to protect the vulnerable groups," said Dr Noor Hisham in a virtual media briefing today.

Most of the fatalities reported today had several health complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and strokes.

The deceased were aged between three and 100 years, involving 21 Malaysians and four foreigners.

Fifteen deaths were reported from Selangor, followed by Sarawak (three), Sabah (three), Kuala Lumpur (two), and one each from Johor and Putrajaya, noted Dr Noor Hisham.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said new Covid-19 infections dropped to 2,712 from 2,998 reported yesterday. These brought the number of cumulative confirmed infections to 274,875.

Besides, Malaysia also reported 5,320 daily recoveries, exceeding new infections for the fifth straight day. These pushed total recoveries so far to 235,082, or 85.5% of all cases.

As new recoveries came in higher than new infections, active cases dropped to 38,763 from 41,396 reported on Wednesday.

Selangor topped the list with most Covid-19 infections with 1,013, followed by Johor with 426 and Kuala Lumpur with 212.

Overall, Selangor has the highest total cases since the pandemic struck the country in January last year, with 91,548. This is followed by Sabah with 51,769 total infections and Kuala Lumpur (32,760).

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