PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 847 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday (Oct 22) with Sabah continuing to record the highest number of cases at 578.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country also reported five new Covid-19 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 204.
Malaysia also discharged 486 patients, which means the total number of recoveries is 15,417.
Sabah has the highest recoveries with 250 cases followed by Selangor with 109.
Active cases in the country have gone up to 8,183.
In total, Malaysia has recorded 23,804 Covid-19 cases since January.
Currently, 90 people are being treated in intensive care units, with 29 of them requiring ventilator support.
Dr Noor Hisham said the bulk of the new cases continued to come from Sabah with 578 new infections (68.2%) reported in the state alone.
“This is due to the hard work that is being done in Sabah, where there are more health workers who have been mobilised from Peninsular Malaysia and also in Sabah to conduct Covid-19 screening at the field.
“At the same time, there are more lab results returning from the RT-PCR tests, as well as the antigen RTK (rapid test kits) tests from our screening exercise,” he said at a press conference.
Selangor is the second highest state with 132 new cases, followed by Negri Sembilan with 38 cases and Labuan (29).
Other states that recorded new cases are Kuala Lumpur (23 cases), Perak (14), Penang (10), Putrajaya (four), Kedah (three), Melaka (three), Kelantan (three), Pahang (two), Terengganu (one), Johor (one) and Sarawak (one).
There are five new import cases, involving four individuals arriving from India and one from the United States.
Of the five new death cases, Dr Noor Hisham said four are in Sabah while one is in Kedah.