39-year-old is latest casualty as recoveries still outpace infections

PUTRAJAYA: A 39-year-old man was the country’s latest casualty, bringing the death toll from Covid-19 to 112.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the man from Pahang was involved in an accident earlier this year which left him with a number of injuries.

Another 40 infections were also reported, taking total cases to 6,819.

However, 70 patients were also discharged from hospital, bringing total recoveries to 5,351.

He said 1,356 patients continue receiving treatment with 16 in the intensive care unit and four in need of respiratory assistance.

On the most recent death, Noor Hisham said the patient had not contracted the virus from the hospital.

On the recent cases involving university students who were under isolation at their campuses but tested positive nonetheless, Noor Hisham said it was possible that they were exposed to workers on campus.

The five cases in total involved students from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

He said the ministry was still isolating the students on campus and carrying out contact tracing. “We will quarantine the friends who came into contact with the positive cases.”

On the screening of foreign workers, Noor Hisham said they were one of eight targeted groups on which the ministry was focusing its testing capacity.

He said this was the same approach they took during the earlier phases of the movement control order.

“Foreign workers are one of the targeted groups but this is only for red zones. So for example in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, we will screen them and we also encourage employers to get their workers screened.

“But foreign workers in Perlis, for example – Perlis is a green zone, for more than two weeks there have been no cases, so it is not necessary for us to do screening there.”

Still, he said, employers who wanted to get their workers screened were welcome to do so.

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