KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded 10 new Covid-19 deaths today — eight in Sabah, one in Kedah, and one in Labuan — marking the highest daily fatality reported ever in Malaysia during the pandemic.
The death cases involved individuals aged as young as 33 years to 71 years, who had underlying health conditions like heart disease, chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, gout, obesity, dyslipidemia (fat in blood), asthma and pancreatic cancer.
The 33-year-old Sabahan man (Patient 24,332) who died from Covid-19 in Likas, Kota Kinabalu, had kidney disease.
MOH today announced 710 new Covid-19 cases in 12 states — Sabah (528 cases), Selangor (62 cases), Penang (39 cases), Negeri Sembilan (37 cases), Labuan (19 cases), Kuala Lumpur (10 cases), Perak (4 cases), Johor (4 cases), Terengganu (2 cases), Sarawak (2 cases), Kedah (one case) and Pahang (one case).
Sabah has recorded a total of 8,519 cases from October 1 until today, with 71 deaths in the same period of time.
MOH also registered three new Covid-19 clusters today. The Samudera cluster was identified in Sandakan, Sabah. The index case (Patient 22,612) of this cluster was identified with Covid-19 through symptomatic screening. This cluster has recorded eight positive cases so far including two new cases today.
Next, the Jaya cluster involved two districts — Sepang in Selangor and Seremban in Negeri Sembilan. The index patient was identified with the coronavirus through a workplace screening on October 20. Close contact screening has identified eight more positive cases in the cluster.
Finally, the Palma cluster involved three districts — Gombak and Hulu Selangor in Selangor and Kepong in Kuala Lumpur. The index case (Patient 20,399) has tested positive for Covid-19 on October 17 through a symptomatic screening. This cluster has registered 13 positive cases so far.
As of today, Malaysia has registered 24,514 Covid-19 cases. Of that 10,396 cases (42.41 per cent) have been recorded in Sabah alone.
A total of 467 patients have been discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 15,884.
Of the 8,416 active Covid-19 patients in the country, 90 patients are receiving treatment in the intensive care unit with 28 patients under ventilator support.