Covid-19 toll hits 100-mark as recoveries continue

PUTRAJAYA: One new virus-related death brought the country’s Covid-19 toll to 100 today.

The latest casualty was a 67-year-old man with a history of chronic illnesses. He had been receiving treatment at Hospital Sungai Buloh.

However, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said recoveries continue to outnumber new cases, with 75 discharged over the past 24 hours versus 31 more infections recorded.

This brings total recoveries to 4,032, or 69% of total cases, which now stand at 5,851.

A total of 1,719 patients continue receiving treatment with 36 in the intensive care unit and 17 in need of respiratory assistance.

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

They comprised five at Pusat Bandar Utara (KL North) and areas surrounding the Selayang wholesale market and one each at Menara City One and Selangor Mansion.

Six new cases were detected in three of the 27 clusters – four from the Kuching church gathering, and one each from the health care workers in Kuching and the Chow Kit market cluster.

Noor Hisham said Malaysia was now in the recovery phase as the trend of recoveries outnumbering new cases had successfully flattened the curve.

He said the government’s proactive and aggressive measures ensured that the health ministry’s facilities could support the number of cases, including those in the ICU and requiring respiratory assistance.

“The movement control order (MCO) has helped reduce interaction among the people and reduced the potential spread of Covid-19,” he said.

However, he said the MCO, which enters its fourth phase tomorrow, could not fully eliminate Covid-19 and warned that the people must be ready to face the virus over an extended period.

While the ministry would continue initiatives to control the spread of the virus, he said, the people must do their part.

“There are two actions which have been taken and must continue to be taken by the people to combat Covid-19: social distancing of at least one metre and ensuring personal hygiene by regularly washing hands with soap and water.”

As there are no vaccines yet for Covid-19, Noor Hisham said, these measures would act to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The new norms have to be adopted across all layers of society so that it becomes a habit,” he added.

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