Health Ministry: 2,720 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Malaysia today, eight deaths

Ashman Adam
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Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on January 19, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on January 19, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — The Health Ministry today confirmed that 2,720 new Covid-19 cases were detected in the last 24 hours, with Selangor registering the highest number of cases at 1,300.

This makes it the third day in a row that new Covid-19 cases have fallen under 3,000.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press conference today that eight deaths were also recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities from Covid-19 in Malaysia to 983.

“Today, 5,718 Covid-19 patients have been discharged, making it the highest number of daily recoveries recorded in Malaysia,” he said.

Johor is second highest with 451 new Covid-19 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur at 318 new cases.

The new cases recorded in the other states are: Sarawak (193), Sabah (132), Negri Sembilan (64), Penang (72), Perak (69), Kedah (38), Terengganu (26), Pahang (19), Kelantan (17), Melaka (14), Putrajaya (six) and Labuan (one).

Dr Noor Hisham said over half, or 57 per cent of today’s new Covid-19 cases, were due to clusters in prisons, lock-ups and immigration detention centres.

Three of the Covid-19 deaths today were in Kuala Lumpur, two in Selangor and one person each in Sabah, Sarawak and Negri Sembilan.

Their ages ranged between the 47 and 86. Seven out of the eight had a history of chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.