Malaysia reports highest daily COVID-19 death toll

Malaysia recorded its highest single-day death toll from COVID-19 on Sunday after the virus claimed 26 more lives, bringing the total deaths to 1,683, according to the Health Ministry.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that the victims ranged from 36 to 90-years-old, with the majority of them suffering from existing health complications.

Another 3,733 new COVID-19 infections were reported, of which six are imported and 3,727 more are local transmissions, bringing the national total to 440,677.

Some 3,211 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 401,934 or 91.2 percent of all cases.

Of the remaining 37,060 active cases, 416 are being held in intensive care and 216 of those are in need of assisted breathing.