More casualties from Covid-19, death toll climbs to 43

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has recorded another six deaths due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the national death toll from the deadly virus to 43.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said there were 140 new cases, bringing the total number of patients so far to 2,766.

He said another 58 patients had recovered, and 94 are in the intensive care unit.

The latest death involves a 73-year-old man who had diabetes and heart problems.

Noor Hisham said the death toll and the number of discharged cases had increased during the first two weeks of the movement control order (MCO).

He said the next two weeks would be crucial to determine if the measures taken by the government had created an impact.

He said statistics also showed two groups with the highest number of positive cases – those aged 26 to 30, and 56 to 60.

Phase two of the nationwide MCO starts tomorrow and ends on April 14, while several areas are under extended MCO.

Noor Hisham urged the people to cooperate to curb the spread of Covid-19. “Please stay at home and practise social distancing,” he said.

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