KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — In a new record high, the Health Ministry recorded today 1,240 new Covid-19 cases today, alongside seven deaths.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his daily press briefing said that of the new cases today, only two were imported.

Meanwhile, he noted that the majority of the cases are still in Sabah, with 927 cases recorded there today, accounting for 74.8 per cent of cases nationwide.

Dr Noor Hisham attributed the rise of cases in the state compared to yesterday, to more active case detections at Kepayan prison — which led to 439 cases recorded there today.

Other states that recorded cases today were Selangor (176 cases), Penang (61 cases), Negri Sembilan (25 cases), Perak (eight cases), Sarawak (seven cases), Johor (four cases), Kedah (three cases), Terengganu (three cases) and Melaka (two cases).

The Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan recorded 17 cases, and five cases respectively.

The two imported cases today both involved non-Malaysians, with one arriving from Russia and the other from Ukraine.

This latest tally brings the total number of active Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to 9,744 cases, while the total cases detected here has reached 27,805.

The seven deaths today involved five men and two women, three of whom were non-Malaysians. This included a 27-year-old male foreignor who had no known history of illnesses.

The remaining people who died were aged between 50 and 90, with four of them having a history of illnesses such as sinusitis, diabetes and hypertension.

Covid-19 related deaths in Malaysia have now reached a total of 236.

At the same time, there were 691 Covid-19-related recoveries today, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries in Malaysia to 17,825, or 64.1 per cent of all recorded cases.

There are also currently 94 Covid-19 patients in intensive care, with 31 needing ventilator assistance.