2 Covid-19 deaths and 122 new cases reported

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia reported two new deaths related to Covid-19 today, bringing the death total to 105.

A total of 122 new cases were also reported, pushing the total number so far to 6,298. Of the new cases, 52 are imported cases.

At a press conference here today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 27 patients are currently being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 13 needing respiratory assistance.

He said 87 patients have recovered, bringing the total number discharged so far to 4,413.

A total of 1,780 people are still being treated.

The latest deaths involve a 82-year-old man with a history of chronic illness, who was being treated at Hospital Sungai Buloh, and a 64-year-old man, who was being treated in Negeri Sembilan. He also had a history of chronic illness.

Screening for old folk, workers at care centres

Noor Hisham said senior citizens above the age of 60 are at a high risk of complications and death from Covid-19.

“Based on the information from our mortality review on 99 of the 105 reported deaths, the age group with the highest number of Covid-19 deaths are those aged between 61 and 70 (32 cases or 32%) and those aged 71 to 80 (19 cases or 19%).”

As senior citizens are in the high-risk group, Noor Hisham said the ministry had decided to screen workers and residents at senior citizen care centres in phases.

The health ministry will begin with the various Rumah Seri Kenangan and Rumah Ehsan, which come under the Welfare Department.

This will be followed by screenings at 357 care centres, registered under Act 506, and 26 nursing homes, registered under Act 586.

“The ministry is aware around 1,000 private senior citizen care centres are not registered under any act.”

District health departments, he said, have been tasked with identifying such centres to ensure all the people there undergo screening.

“As such, the operators of these private care centres are urged to contact their nearest district Health Department.”

He also announced a new cluster involving 28 workers at a construction site in Kuala Lumpur.

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