30-year-old among 2 new deaths

PUTRAJAYA: A 30-year-old man was among two new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s Covid-19 toll to 111.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the man was found dead in Rompin, Pahang. The Covid-19 test conducted during post-mortem returned positive for the virus although the cause of death has yet to be established.

The second casualty was a 90-year-old man with a history of high blood pressure and chronic respiratory problems.

At his daily briefing here today, Noor Hisham said 37 new infections were also reported, bringing total cases to 6,779.

Of these, 21 involved foreigners. Four of those who tested positive were import cases while the remaining 33 were local transmissions.

Four cases involved Malaysians returning from overseas: one from Indonesia and three from Pakistan.

Noor Hisham also revealed that 28 new cases were detected from the 35 clusters nationwide, 20 of them in Pedas alone.

Two cases each were found at an institution of higher learning in Sabah and a madrasah in Melaka, while one each was found in Benus, Pahang; Pesantren; the Selangor Mansion and Sendayan.

However, 58 patients were discharged from hospital, taking total recoveries to 5,281 or 77.9% of all cases.

Another 1,387 continue receiving treatment with 16 in the intensive care unit and four in need of respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said based on current data, the pace of spread seemed to be slowing down. The number of new cases recorded daily has been reduced.

“It also means the number of active cases is going down and shows that the action taken has managed to flatten the curve,” he said, referring to the movement control order, which has since been relaxed.

When questioned further on the government’s decision to allow 20 family members at Raya gatherings, Noor Hisham said the ministry was most concerned about visitors from red zones who met their elderly parents.

There was also a possibility that the children could infect their parents, he added.

“So we need to protect the elderly and children. Which is why adhering to the standard operating procedures is vital.”

In announcing the one-month extension of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) on Sunday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had said “small” Hari Raya parties of not more than 20 people would be allowed, despite a general ban on gatherings and close-contact activities.

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