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By Adrian Lim
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3: A 14-year old illegal immigrant in Sabah was among the 12 new Covid-19 casualties reported in the country today.
Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this represented the highest number of fatalities Malaysia has recorded in a single day.
“The victim is an illegal immigrant who has tuberculosis. His condition was complicated with Covid-19 infection and thus his health deteriorated.
“We are not sure whether it was his tuberculosis which caused the death or Covid-19. Nonetheless, both diseases can be fatal,” he told reporters when giving updates on the nation’s Covid-19 situation in a press conference at Putrajaya today.
Dr Noor Hisham disclosed that Malaysia reported 1,054 new Covid-19 cases, with Sabah accounting for 678 cases.
He said the majority of these new cases were from prisons and temporary detention centres.
Two new clusters were identified, namely the Cergas Cluster in Negri Sembilan with 10 new cases and Permatang Cluster in Penang with three new cases.
The director-general explained that out of the 1,054 new cases recorded, 14 cases were imported and identified in Kuala Lumpur while 1,040 cases were local transmissions.
With this, the total number of Covid-19 in Malaysia has increased to 34,393, while the overall death toll has risen to 263.
Dr Noor Hisham said there were a total of 10,135 active cases in the country with 94 patients being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) while 32 patients are on ventilators.
He added that there were 875 patients who have recovered and were allowed to be discharged from hospitals.
Thus, the total number of recovered cases rises to 23,995 or 69.8 per cent of overall Covid-19 cases in Malaysia. — DayakDaily