2 more Covid-19 deaths, total now 26

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia reported two more deaths related to Covid-19 today, with the latest fatalities pushing the death toll to 26.

A total of 130 new cases were also reported, bringing the total number of patients so far to 2,161.

Of this number, 74 were from Kampung Dato Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Dato Ibrahim Majid, both located in Simpang Renggam, Johor, which were put under a lockdown last night due to the unusual spike in cases there.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 54 of the patients are currently being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 34 cases needing respiratory assistance.

He said 44 patients have recovered, bringing the total number discharged so far to 259.

Earlier today, Noor Hisham announced the 24th Covid-19 death, a 35-year-old man who had travelled to Indonesia.

The two most recent deaths involve a 83-year-old man with a history of chronic medical problems. He was treated at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh on March 25 and died the following day.

The other was a 53-year-old man who was a close contact of a Covid-19 patient. He was treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital on March 22 and died at 10.30am today.

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