Malaysia reports 44 new COVID-19 deaths, with 4,140 more cases

2021-05-15 13:36:12 GMT2021-05-15 21:36:12(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia recorded its highest single-day death toll from COVID-19 on Saturday after the coronavirus claimed 44 more lives, bringing the total deaths to 1,866, according to the Health Ministry.

Malaysia has suffered a resurgence of COVID-19 cases which has forced the government to impose a nationwide movement control order till June to curb the spread. The previous record for single day fatalities was reported on Wednesday with 39 deaths.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that the victims ranged from 48 to 92 years old, with the majority of them suffering from existing health complications.

Another 4,140 new COVID-19 infections were reported, of which nine are imported and 4,131 are local transmissions, bringing the national caseload to 466,330.

Some 3,432 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured to 422,329, or 90.6 percent of all cases.

Of the remaining 42,135 active cases, 503 are being held in intensive care and 272 of those are in need of assisted breathing. Enditem