PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded more recoveries than new cases today, with no new deaths reported.
A total of 22 new cases were also reported, pushing the total number of patients so far to 6,894.
Of the new cases, five are imported cases and nine cases involve foreign nationals.
At a press conference today health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 13 patients are currently being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with seven cases needing respiratory assistance.
He said 59 patients have recovered, bringing the total number discharged so far to 5.571. A total of 1,210 people are still being treated.
With no new deaths, the number of people who have died from Covid-19 remains at 113.
Meanwhile, Noor Hisham voiced concern over the close links between Covid-19 and interstate travel.
“As of May 17, a total of 971 Covid-19 patients (14.1% of total cases) had a history of interstate travel.
“Additionally, as many as 18 of the 49 clusters recorded in Malaysia have links to interstate travel. Ten of these clusters are still active.”
He advised the people to exercise caution during the coming festivities as they could become catalysts for the spread of Covid-19 in “green zones”, where there are no active cases.
Plasma from recovered patients
Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said the ministry has 22 packs of blood plasma from recovered patients to treat other Covid-19 patients, though it has not used any of these yet.
The plasma packs are available in Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Sabah.
“If there is a need, we will use the plasma, especially for patients who have a poor immune response.
“This plasma from the (previously) infected patients has a high antibody response. That is the reason, I think, we can actually use this plasma.”
He said another 10 patients who have recovered from Covid-19 have volunteered to donate their plasma and these donors will be screened again for the virus first.
On the Parliament sitting tomorrow, Noor Hisham said the ministry has identified 960 MPs and staff at Parliament, with 950 being screened so far.
Of this, 948 have tested negative, while the results for two more are pending.
“Ten did not attend the screening. Eight of them are Parliament staff and two MPs. They are all now under quarantine after coming into close contact with positive cases.”
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