KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia reported 3,170 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing its total tally to 172,549.
Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press briefing that eight of the new cases were imported ones, and the rest 3,162 were local transmissions.
Official data showed 12 more deaths were reported from the coronavirus epidemic, bringing the COVID-19 death toll to 642.
Another 2,490 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of recoveries to 130,152 or 75.4 percent of all cases.
Of the 41,755 active cases currently, 260 are being held in intensive care units, with 103 of them being in need of assisted breathing.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who coordinated the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions, told a separate press conference that tightened measures implemented in several states, which were scheduled to end on Jan. 26, will be extended to Feb. 4.
The affected areas include the capital Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Selangor, Johor, Sabah, Malacca, Kelantan, Putrajaya and Labuan, he said.