KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia reported 1,240 new COVID-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 27,805, the health ministry said on Monday.
The government also announced the extension of movement restrictive measures in several areas including the capital city Kuala Lumpur to curb the spread.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing that two of the new cases were imported and 1,238 were local transmissions, some 75 percent of which were reported in the eastern state of Sabah.
Another seven deaths have been reported, pushing the total deaths to 236.
Some 691 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 17,825, or 64.1 percent of all cases.
Of the remaining 9,744 active cases, 94 are being held in intensive care units and 31 of those are in need of assisted breathing.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who coordinated the implementation of restrictive measures, told a separate press conference that the movement restrictions implemented in Kuala Lumpur and adjacent Selangor state and the administration center of Putrajaya will be extended to Nov. 9.
He said this decision was reached after health authorities found that the risk of COVID-19 infection has not decreased despite the restrictions since mid-October.