375 Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths as infections surpass 14,000 mark

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry today reported 375 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

This is also the eighth day in a row when the number of new cases exceeded 200, with a high of 691 on Tuesday, Oct 6.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 18 recoveries, bringing the total number of those discharged to 10,519 or 73.2% of total infections.

In a Facebook post, Noor Hisham said the 375 new cases brought the total number of cases recorded in the country to 14,368.

The number of active cases now stands at 3,703, with 60 in the ICU and 20 requiring respiratory assistance.

Five new deaths have been recorded, which brings the death toll to 146.

Of the 375 cases today, 371 are local transmissions and four imported cases.

Sabah had the most cases with 271, followed by Selangor with 36 and Kedah with 16.

Kuala Lumpur and Labuan each had 10 new infections, while Sarawak, Johor, Perak, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Melaka and Penang recorded less than 10 cases each.

Perlis, Kelantan and Pahang did not have any new cases.

Of the 371 local infections, Noor Hisham said 18 were detected from the Tembok, Benteng LD and the Remand Prison clusters, or 4.8% of the total number of cases.

“All positive cases in these clusters were under conditional movement control order (CMCO) areas and in prisons.

“This means they are separated from the public. Fifty cases are from other clusters, 303 cases are within the community.”

He added that the four imported cases involved two Belgians, and the other two were from India.

All five deaths, comprising four men and a woman aged between 53 to 82 years old, were from Sabah.

Four of them suffered from chronic illnesses.

Commenting on the rise of infections and the implementation of more CMCO areas as a result, Noor Hisham said the health ministry had not decided to recall all medical officers yet.