Only 1 death from Covid-19 as recoveries top new cases

PUTRAJAYA: Only one virus death was reported in the country today, the lowest yet, bringing the toll from Covid-19 to 62.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was also a dip in the number of new cases reported, from 179 to 131, yesterday.

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 3,793.

At a press conference here, he said 236 patients had recovered and been discharged so far, topping the number of new cases for the first time and bringing the number of patients released to 1,241.

One hundred and two are still being treated in the intensive care unit, 54 of whom require respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said the latest fatality involves a 62-year-old man who was diabetic and had suffered from high blood pressure. He died yesterday morning.

The patient also had close contacts with several individuals from the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster who tested positive for Covid-19.

He said the ministry has managed to contain the spread of the pandemic from two clusters – from a three-day church gathering in Kuching, Sarawak, and from a wedding in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

Two people from the church cluster died, while five remain in critical condition.

Only one from the wedding cluster – which saw 88 test positive – was warded in the ICU.

“We do not expect to see new cases from these two clusters,” he said, adding that, to date, there were no new clusters.

He also revealed that the ministry has taken 18,310 samples from the Sri Petaling cluster, the largest cluster, in which 1,624 tested positive.