KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Malaysia recorded 4,782 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the first time infections dropped below the 5,000 mark since June 22. 

The latest numbers represented a decrease of 884 cases compared to the new infections recorded yesterday.

According to the CovidNow website, Malaysia previously recorded 4,732 cases on June 22.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country, since the start of the pandemic, to 2,436,498.

In his daily statement, Dr Noor Hisham revealed that there were 607 individuals requiring intensive care treatment, of which 514 were confirmed Covid-19 cases and the remaining 93 under investigation.

“Of the 607, a total of 300 require breathing assistance,” he said.

The number of recoveries also surpassed today’s figure at 7,414 people.

On the overall cases reported, Dr Noor Hisham said 96 or two per cent were of Categories 3, 4 and 5 patients.

Apart from that, another six new clusters were registered today — one community cluster, three workplace clusters, one Education Ministry institution cluster and one higher education cluster — for a combined total of 528 active clusters to date.

Dr Noor Hisham also said the nationwide Covid-19 infectivity rate — denoted as R-naught, R0 or Rt — was at 0.88, with Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan the highest at 1.00, followed by Putrajaya and Melaka at 0.97, Selangor at 0.95, Sabah at 0.92 and Kedah at 0.90.

The remaining states recorded value below that of the nationwide average.