Putrajaya Oct 18 — The health ministry has reported a record high of 871 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, 866 local infections and five imported cases.

This is the highest number of infections in a day since the pandemic first struck Malaysia. The previous record high was 869 cases reported yesterday.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 871 new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 20,498.

In a press conference, Noor Hisham said there were 701 recoveries, bringing the total number of those discharged to 13,262. This is the highest number of recoveries in a day.

The health ministry also reported 7 deaths, which brings the toll to 187.

A total of 7,049 people are still being treated, with 86 of them in the intensive care unit and 28 requiring respiratory assistance.


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