New Zealand reported 18,514 new community cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and Malaysia also reported 24,241 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Friday, the countries' Ministries of Health said.

Iran PressAsia: Among the new community infections, 4,346 were in the largest city Auckland, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

In addition, 45 new cases of COVID-19 were detected at the New Zealand border, said the ministry.

There were 939 COVID-19 patients in New Zealand hospitals, including 24 people in intensive care units or high dependency units.

The ministry also reported 10 more deaths with COVID-19. Of these deaths, one was from Northland, three were from Auckland, one from Waikato, two were from Bay of Plenty, two were from the Lakes area, and one was from Wellington.

New Zealand had reported 470,097 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

New Zealand is currently at the highest Red settings under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. At Red settings, face masks become mandatory in many indoor environments and gatherings are limited to 100 people.

Malaysia reports 24,241 new COVID-19 infections, 59 more deaths

Malaysia reported 24,241 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Friday, bringing the national total to 3,951,678, according to the health ministry.

There are 521 new imported cases, with 23,720 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.

A further 59 deaths have been reported, lifting the death toll to 34,244.

The ministry reported 26,615 new recoveries, taking the total number of cured and discharged to 3,623,068.

Of 294,366 active cases, 383 are being held in intensive care and 222 of those are in need of assisted breathing.

The country administered 40,418 vaccine doses on Friday, and 83.9 percent of the population have received at least one dose. Some 79 percent are fully vaccinated and 47.3 percent have received boosters, Xinhua reported.


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