KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 2): Malaysia continued to report lower Covid-19-related deaths as 121 fatalities were recorded on Friday (Oct 1), the second consecutive day the daily figure stayed below the 200 mark, down from 192 the day before.

The latest reported deaths brought cumulative Covid-19-linked fatalities in the country to 26,456, according to the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) COVIDNOW website.

Among the 121 deaths, 28 were brought-in-dead (BID) cases, meaning Covid-19 patients who passed away before receiving medical treatment. To date, total BID cases in the nation stood at 5,307. 

Sarawak led with the most reported fatalities on Friday with 25 deaths, followed by Sabah (25) and Johor (17), as well as Kelantan and Selangor (both with 15 fatalities). The rest of the states and federal territories including Kuala Lumpur all logged single-digit deaths, except for Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Labuan and Putrajaya which reported zero fatalities. 

Meanwhile, the nation’s seven-day average number of deaths linked to the coronavirus slipped to 83 on Friday from 104 on Thursday.

“Reporting of deaths is backdated, particularly to include deaths where time was needed to ascertain the cause of death.

“Therefore, trends should be observed from the series based on the date of death (actual deaths),” the ministry said without specifying the actual daily number of Covid-19-related fatalities that occurred on Friday.

In terms of Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 people, Penang continued to head the list with 12.2 fatalities for every 100,000 individuals in the state, followed by Johor (8.4), Perlis (7.5) and Sabah (6.3). The national average stood at five deaths for every 100,000 persons, according to the website.

Malaysia reported 11,889 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, down from 12,735 on Thursday, raising the country’s cumulative infections to 2,257,584, with the current number of active cases at 160,413.

In terms of the breakdown of active cases, home quarantine topped the list with 133,642 infections (82.7%), followed by those at Covid-19 Low-Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centres (18,216 or 11.4%), hospitalised (8,655 or 5.4%) and in the intensive care unit (ICU), both unventilated (412 or 0.3%) and ventilated (488 or 0.3%).

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