Virus death toll inches towards 100 as more recover

PUTRAJAYA: Two new deaths related to Covid-19 were reported by the health ministry today, bringing the toll to 98.

The deaths involved a 62-year-old Malaysian man with a history of heart disease, who passed away at Hospital Sungai Buloh, and a 62-year-old Malaysian woman, who was in close contact with her son who was a Covid-19 patient.

A total of 51 new cases were also reported, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 5,742.

At a press conference today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 1,882 of these patients are active cases, with 36 in the intensive care unit and 16 in need of respiratory assistance.

He said 99 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 3,762, or 65.5% of the cumulative number of cases.

Noor Hisham gave an update on the Bali persons under investigation (PUI) cluster, which has recorded 43 positive cases as of today, with 31 still under treatment, nine discharged and three victims who have passed away.

The cluster involves health workers and patients at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Pahang.

Noor Hisham said 10 of the positive cases are health workers from the medical facility, adding that control measures are ongoing to curb the spread of the virus there.

“This includes decontamination processes and the transfer of patients to other health ministry hospitals nearby,” he said.

Noor Hisham said there were 20 new cases at the locked-down Selangor Mansion, three at the Malayan Mansion, one at Sungai Lui and 10 at the areas surrounding the Selayang market.

He said the ministry’s testing capacity has increased to more than 16,000, adding that the arrival of the rapid test kits from South Korea could further expand it to 20,000.

There were some delays with the 200,000 test kits ordered, he said, but they are expected to arrive sometime next week.

Noor Hisham expressed worry that many people in green zones have been taking the lack of new cases lightly, stressing that the pandemic is far from over.

“The Covid-19 virus is our common enemy, but it must be reminded that a careless and complacent attitude is an ally to this virus.”

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