Malaysia sees six new Covid-19 deaths, 732 new cases, and 580 recoveries today

Jerry Choong
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Healthcare workers carry out Covid-19 screening in Kuala Lumpur October 21, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Healthcare workers carry out Covid-19 screening in Kuala Lumpur October 21, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 21 — The Health Ministry today recorded 732 new Covid-19 positive cases today, 580 new recoveries and six deaths.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 7,827 cases are currently active.

Malaysia has had a cumulative total of 22,957 Covid-19 cases to date.

The six people who lost their lives to Covid-19 today ranged in age from 27 to 71. They were from Sabah and Labuan.

“This includes a 71-year-old woman in Sabah with a history of breast cancer and stroke, a 65-year old man in Sabah with a history of high-blood pressure, diabetes, chronic Hepatitis B, and autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, among others.

“All are Malaysians except for a 27-year-old man, who also died in Sabah and whose medical history is unknown,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

To date, the total number of fatalities is 199, or 0.87 per cent of all total cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said 580 people were discharged from hospital today after being deemed fully recovered from the coronavirus.

Malaysia’s recoveries to date number 14,931 cases, or 65 per cent of all total cases.

“Sabah is still recording the highest number of cases among all the states, at 535 today or 73.1 per cent. More rT-PCR tests have been conducted in Sabah with its samples sent to the Peninsular for further analysis, as well as more antigen rapid test kits on the field,” he said during his press conference.

Selangor recorded 116 cases or 15.8 per cent today, out of which 49 were detected in existing clusters while 11 cases were found in new clusters.

Other states include Kuala Lumpur with 20 cases, Penang with 12 cases, Negri Sembilan and Labuan with nine cases respectively.

Kedah and Perak had seven cases each, Putrajaya saw six cases, Melaka three cases, and Kelantan one case.

Of today’s 732 new cases, eight were imported from abroad. Six were Malaysians and two foreigners.

“These include three cases from Singapore, and one case from Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, respectively,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

The Health Ministry also recorded three cases from travellers who returned from Sabah.

To date, the total number of people infected with Covid-19 from those who have been to Sabah since September 20 numbers 454.

The 580 recoveries from Covid-19 today include 305 in Sabah, 169 in Penang, 73 in Selangor, 19 in Kedah, seven in Perak, four in Terengganu, two in Sarawak, and one in Negri Sembilan.

The number of people under intensive care is 102, of which 31 cases require breathing assistance.

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