New Covid-19 death pushes toll to 113

PUTRAJAYA: One new death related to Covid-19 was reported by the health ministry today, bringing the toll to 113.

The death involved a 53-year-old Malaysian woman, who was a medical worker in Sabah. She was suffering from cancer and high blood pressure.

She was admitted to Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-kanak Sabah, Likas, on May 5 before being found to be Covid-19 positive. She died on May 7 and investigations were carried out about whether she died of cancer or the virus.

A total of 17 new cases were also reported, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 6,872, with 1,247 active cases.

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

He said 73 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 5,512. Recoveries now make up 80.21% of total cases.

The 17 new cases included six Malaysians returning from abroad, while five were foreigners.

The Kuala Lumpur construction site and Cheras security guards clusters recorded one new case each, while no new cases were reported from the locked-down area in Old Town, Petaling Jaya.

Meanwhile, the Bandar Baru Ibrahim Majid and Sabah tabligh makassar clusters have officially ended after no new cases were reported over the past 28 days.

He said 750 people had been tested in preparation for the Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday, with the samples of MPs and Parliament officers taken.

No one has tested positive for the virus so far, he said, adding that a complete report will be ready tomorrow.

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