PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has recorded 24 new Covid-19 deaths, the highest number of fatalities in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the fatalities involved 21 Malaysians and three foreigners.
“The deaths comprise seven in Selangor, three each in Sabah, Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur, two each in Perak and Johor, and one each in Kelantan, Melaka, Kedah and Penang.
“The ages of those died ranged from 44 to 98, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said the three foreigners were cases that had been classified as “death on arrival” (DOA).
They were a 50-year-old man at Hospital Alor Gajah in Melaka, a 52-year-old man at Hospital Kuala Lumpur and a 48-year-old woman at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
The woman is said to have had a background of diabetes and high blood pressure.
One Malaysian – a 45-year-old man in Perak – was also a DOA case which was reported at Hospital Tapah.
Previously, the daily record for fatalities was on Feb 2 with 21 deaths.
Dr Noor Hisham also said Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 cases remained within the 3,000 mark for the fourth day running, with 3,100 cases.
In the previous three days, the daily cases were 3,731 (Feb 7), 3,847 (Feb 6) and 3,391 (Feb 5) and prior to that, the number of cases was 4,284 (Feb 3) and 4,571 (Feb 4).
During a recent teleconference session with the media, Dr Noor Hisham said Covid-19 cases would “stabilise” at the 3,000 mark in the fourth week of the movement control order before heading to a decline.
Despite the decrease in the number of daily cases, the total number of active cases is still high at 51,977.
Of the total, 282 patients are in intensive care units, with 134 on ventilator support.
The country also saw 2,340 patients discharged yesterday.
Selangor, meanwhile, continued to record the most cases with 1,196 new infections.
Johor recorded 490 new cases while Melaka recorded the third highest with 344 fresh infections.
Kuala Lumpur had 295 new cases on the day when only the Federal Territory of Labuan reported zero new cases.
The ministry also uncovered 13 new clusters, bringing the total active clusters in the country to 451.
Dr Noor Hisham said 11 of the clusters were infections discovered at workplaces in Selangor (four), Johor (four), and one each in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Terengganu.
The other two clusters are outbreaks detected at a village in Sri Aman, Sarawak and a medical centre in Kuala Klawang, Negri Sembilan.