Covid-19: 732 New Cases, Six New Fatalities Bring Death Toll to 199 (Updated)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 732 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday (Oct 21), a slight reduction after the country saw cases being above the 800 mark for the past four days.

The country also reported six new Covid-19 deaths, meaning 199 people have succumbed to the virus since the outbreak began in January.

Malaysia also discharged 580 patients, which brings the total number of recoveries to 14,391, or 65% of the total.

Sabah has the most recoveries with 305 cases, followed by Penang with 169 cases.

Active cases in the country have gone up to 7,827.

In total, Malaysia has recorded 22,957 Covid-19 cases since January.

Currently, 102 people are being treated at intensive care units, with 31 of them requiring ventilator support.

At a press conference Wednsday (Oct 21), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the bulk of the new cases continued to come from Sabah, with 535 new infections (73.1%) reported in the state alone.

Selangor is the second highest state with 116 new cases.

“About 15.8% of the country’s cases are recorded in Selangor. From the 116 cases, 49 are from existing clusters while 11 cases are from new clusters.

“Three of the new clusters are in Selangor, with one of them related to an individual with travel history to Sabah, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

Other states that recorded new cases are Kuala Lumpur (20 cases), Penang (12), Negri Sembilan (nine), Labuan (nine), Kedah (seven), Perak (seven), Putrajaya (six), Melaka (three), Kelantan (one) and Pahang (one).

Johor, Sarawak, Terengganu and Perlis reported zero new cases.

There are eight new import cases.

Of the six new deaths, Dr Noor Hisham said five are in Sabah while one is in Labuan.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/10/21/covid-19-732-new-cases-six-new-fatalities-bring-death-toll-to-199

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