Recoveries surge on in Covid-19 battle

PUTRAJAYA: One new death today pushed the country’s Covid-19 toll to 99 although recoveries continued to surpass new infections.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 95 more patients had been discharged in the past 24 hours, bringing total recoveries to 3,957 or 67.9% of all cases.

Meanwhile, 40 new cases were recorded, bringing the total across the country to 5,820.

The latest casualty was a 78-year-old man with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

A total of 1,764 patients continue receiving treatment with 37 in the intensive care unit and 17 in need of respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said 16 of the new cases were detected in three areas placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

Menara City One and Selangor Mansion recorded a case each, and the other 14 cases were recorded at Pusat Bandar Utara (KL North) and areas surrounding the Selayang wholesale market.

He said that between April 3 and today, 144 Malaysians who returned from overseas tested positive. The ministry has to date quarantined 22,339 returnees.

Noor Hisham said four new cases were recorded from the 23 clusters – two from the Kuching church gathering, and one each from the Pesantren and Sendayan cluster.

He also said the ministry will likely review the EMCO after noting that the new cases have hit “double digits” in such areas like the Selayang wet market for the past week.

“We need to relook this as to how to enhance it further for us to control infection and break the chain of transmission in our community,” he said.

The initiative, he said, would be a long-term one in view of the lack of a vaccine to treat the virus.

“The only vaccine we have is to stay at home and practise social distancing, and that can be done by everyone,” he said.

He also said the ministry would continue to monitor the two areas in Simpang Renggam “from time to time” after the EMCO is lifted tomorrow.

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