Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said eight of the deaths were in Sabah, while another two were in Labuan and Kedah.
“The cumulative total number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the country is now 214, or 0.9% of the total number of fatalities,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Previously, the most number of fatalities in a span of 24 hours was on March 29, when eight deaths were recorded.
In this month alone, 78 people succumbed to Covid-19, or 36.45% of the total number of deaths caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind Covid-19, in the country.
Dr Noor Hisham said the youngest person who died yesterday was a 33-year-old man with a history of kidney disease, at the Sabah Women and Children Hospital in Likas.
The other deaths involved six men and three women aged from 54 to 77.
Dr Noor Hisham also announced 710 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the number of active cases up to 8,416, while putting the cumulative total in Malaysia at 24,514 cases.
The country also discharged 467 patients, bringing the total number of recoveries to 15,884.
Currently, 90 people are being treated at intensive care units, with 28 of them requiring ventilator support.
The majority of the cases continued to come from Sabah, where 528 cases (74.4%) were reported.
Dr Noor Hisham said the high numbers in Sabah are attributed to the Health Ministry’s persistence in active case detection in the state.
Selangor still has the second-highest number of cases, although its 62 cases on Friday are an improvement from the triple-digit cases in the previous days.
There is one new imported case involving a non-Malaysian arriving from Nepal.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also announced the detection of three new clusters of infection, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 101.
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