2 deaths but record 15 transferred out of ICU

PUTRAJAYA: There have been another two deaths from Covid-19, but the good news is a record 15 patients who were treated at intensive care units nationwide have been transferred to regular wards.

There have also been 166 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

New cases continue the above-100 trend, with 156 more warded since yesterday, pushing the total number of those who tested positive for Covid-19 to 4,119..

There are currently 2,567 Covid-19 patients at hospitals nationwide, 76 of whom are in the ICU.

The latest casualties have pushed the nationwide death toll to 65.

Announcing the latest figures today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the latest deaths include a Pakistani national who had been to the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur in late February.

The second death involves a 58-year-old woman who had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure. She was warded at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Negeri Sembilan on March 30 and died yesterday evening.

Noor Hisham revealed a sub-cluster in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, which had links to the tabligh gathering.

The cluster, which saw 27 test positive for Covid-19, involves the staff of a school and several others from different localities in the district. Two of them are warded in the ICU.

“The cluster was detected when a few teachers tested positive for the virus. They were infected at a meeting which was also attended by an individual who took part in the tabligh gathering,” he said.

The teachers subsequently infected their family members.

He lamented that there were people who had decided to visit family members who were unwell and those under self-surveillance during the movement control order (MCO) period.

However, he said he was pleased with the progress made in Simpang Renggam, Kluang, which was placed under an enhanced MCO on March 27. The EMCO will end tomorrow.

“We have achieved our objective with the EMCO in Kluang,” he said.

Last month, the government imposed a lockdown in Kampung Dato Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Dato Ibrahim Majid, both located in Simpang Renggam, following an unusual spike in Covid-19 cases.