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Malaysia reports 1,680 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

Malaysia reports 1,680 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

A woman wearing a protective mask walks on a street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Jan 21, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 1,680 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths on Saturday (Mar 6).

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the drop in the number of new cases, from 2,154 recorded on Friday, brought the cumulative case count to 311,777. Malaysia's death toll is now at 1,166.

“A total of 2,548 recoveries were recorded today, higher than the number of daily new cases."

The cumulative recovered cases now stood at 289,452, while active cases are now at 21,159.

A total of 172 cases are in the intensive care unit, with 84 patients requiring ventilator support.

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Three of Malaysia's new cases were imported, involving non-citizens. Of the local cases,1,225 were citizens and 452 were non-citizens.

Selangor still has the highest number of daily new cases at 826, followed by Sarawak with 221 and Johor with 139.

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In a statement, Dr Noor Hisham also said the deaths reported on Saturday involved three patients in Selangor, three cases in Sarawak and one in Sabah, all aged between 43 and 84.

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