Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia records 862 new Covid-19 cases, three deaths reported in Sabah

Ashman Adam
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Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham speaking during the Covid-19 press conference at the Ministry of Health October 19, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham speaking during the Covid-19 press conference at the Ministry of Health October 19, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — The Health Ministry today reported 862 new Covid-19 cases, as well as three more deaths recorded in Sabah in the past 24 hours.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 862 new Covid-19 cases, only two cases were not from local transmissions.

The three new deaths were registered today, brings the total number of deaths from Covid-19 in Malaysia to 193.

The total Covid-19 death toll for Sabah alone stands at 58.

Dr Noor Hisham said Sabah once again recorded the highest number of new cases daily, with 673 cases.

From that number, 260 cases were registered from already existing clusters in Sabah, 243 from close contact screening, two from the new Kertang cluster and 168 from Covid-19 screenings done.

Selangor comes in second place, recording 132 new cases, with 84 coming from already existing clusters, 34 from close contact screenings, two from returnees from a high-risk area (Sabah) and 12 others from Covid-19 screenings.

The remaining 57 cases were reported in Kedah (17), Perak (nine), Penang (eight), six each in Labuan, Negri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur and one each in Putrajaya, Johor and Kelantan.

Dr Noor Hisham added that as of today, 95 Covid-19 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 29 needing to be intubated.

The three who died today were Sabahans, aged between 59 and 90. The trio had a history of chronic illness.

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