Covid-19: 354 new cases, six deaths - highest number of deaths since March

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia confirmed 354 new Covid-19 infections on Friday (Oct 9), continuing a downward trend of cases for the third day straight.

At a press conference broadcast live from home quarantine, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 274 of the cases were detected in Sabah, while the second highest state is Selangor with 24 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said the continued increase in Sabah's positive cases is due to the Health Ministry’s active health screening at seven districts in the state.

Kedah and Sarawak recorded 10 new cases each.

Dr Noor Hisham said the significant drop in cases for Kedah is due to the Health Ministry’s success in controlling the Tembok cluster at Alor Setar prison.

There are two import cases - from India and Oman - while the rest are local transmissions.

Malaysia also discharged 188 patients, which means the total of recoveries is 10,707 or at a rate of 72.7%.

The total number of active cases in the country has now gone up to 3,863 cases.

Cumulatively, the country’s total of cases since the outbreak began in January is 14,722.

Currently, 68 people are being treated at intensive care units, with 25 of them requiring ventilator support.

Six fatalities were reported, which means the Covid-19 death toll has gone up to 152.

Dr Noor Hisham said all the six deaths were in Sabah (two each in Tawau, Semporna and Kota Kinabalu), with the deceased aged between 54 and 68.

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