Malaysia reports highest daily spike of 1,240 new COVID-19 cases

KUALA LUMPUR (XINHUA) – Malaysia reported 1,240 new COVID-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 27,805, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

The government also announced the extension of movement restrictive measures in several areas including the capital city Kuala Lumpur to curb the spread.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing two of the new cases were imported and 1,238 were local transmissions, some 75 per cent of which were reported in the eastern state of Sabah.

Another seven deaths have been reported, pushing the total deaths to 236.

Some 691 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 17,825, or 64.1 per cent of cases.