Spike in new cases as virus deaths rise to 14

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry this evening announced three more deaths related to Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 14.

It also revealed that there are 212 new cases, bringing the total to 1,518

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two of the three deaths were linked to the tabligh gathering held at the Sri Petaling mosque last month.

One was a 70-year-old man who attended the gathering, and another a 51-year-old man who had close contact with a Covid-19 patient who also attended the gathering

The 70-year-old died at the Kluang Hospital, and the 51-year-old at the Miri Hospital.

The third death involved a 49-year-old man from Sarawak.

This morning, it was reported that a 70-year-old patient who travelled to Indonesia last month died at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (formerly known as HUKM).

The four deaths today are the highest number of fatalities recorded in a single day.

“We would like to offer our condolences to their families,” Noor Hisham said at a press conference in Putrajaya.

Noor Hisham said of the 212 new cases, 123 were linked to the tabligh gathering.

He said 57 patients are being warded in the intensive care unit (ICU).

However, 20 patients have recovered and were discharged today, bringing the total discharged to 159.

Noor Hisham also said the ministry had obtained 33 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers which will be distributed this week.

“The government has received PPE supplies, contributed by various quarters. About 3 million units of PPE are being distributed to health facilities based on their needs,” he said.