Covid-19: 869 new cases and five new clusters reported, four new deaths (updated)


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded yet another record high of 869 new Covid-19 infections and four deaths on Saturday (Oct 17).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the total death toll to 180 in Malaysia.

Sabah remains the state with the highest positive Covid-19 cases, with 51.9% of the total cases on Friday (Oct 16), said Dr Noor Hisham.

The Health director-general said Sabah recorded 451 cases, followed by Penang (189), Selangor (159), Kedah (38), four each in Perak and Sarawak, Terengganu (3), two each in Johor and Putrajaya and one each in Negri Sembilan and Melaka.

“All of the cases today are local transmissions, involving 745 Malaysians and 124 foreigners, ” he said, adding that four of them are returnees from Sabah.

The four deaths are all Malaysians, three men aged 53,78 and 88 and a 71-year-old woman in Sabah.

A total of 302 patients recovered, making the total recoveries at 12,561 or at a rate of 64%.

The total number of active cases in the country is now 6,886 cases.

Five new clusters have also been reported with three in the Klang Valley and one each in Sabah and Terengganu.

So far, the country’s cumulative total cases since the outbreak began in January is 19,627.

There are 91 patients being treated at the intensive care units and 30 of them requiring ventilator support.

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