KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced today that there were 8,743 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia in the past 24 hours.

This represents a drop of just over one thousand cases from yesterday’s figure of 9,751.

It also means that new cases in Malaysia have remained below 10,000 for a week.

In a Twitter post, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections nationally now stands at 2,332,221 since the pandemic began.

He, however, did not release the breakdown of new infections by state, saying that this data would be accessible via the MoH’s official CovidNow website.

At the time of writing, the data has yet to be made available on CovidNow.

In his daily statement today, Dr Noor Hisham said today’s cases brought the total cumulative number to 2,332,221.

Among the 8,743 new cases, only 14 are imported, consisting of seven Malaysians and seven foreigners while among the local infection, 8,258 are Malaysians (94.6 per cent) and 471 are foreigners (5.4 per cent).

One hundred and twenty-two cases (1.4 per cent) are in Categories 3, 4, and 5 while 8,621 cases (98.6 per cent) are in Categories 1 and 2.

Meanwhile, there are 770 cases (714 Covid-19 cases; 56 suspected, probable, and cases under investigation) while 419 cases (304 Covid-19 cases; 115 suspected, probable, and cases under investigation) require respiratory assistance.

On a more positive note 14,422 individuals have been cleared of Covid-19 taking the total recovered to 2,184,711 cumulative cases or  93.7 per cent of total infected.