One more death as new cases outnumber recoveries

PUTRAJAYA: One more death was recorded over the past 24 hours, taking the toll from Covid-19 to 114.

The latest casualty was a 77-year-old woman who had suffered from liver cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 37 new cases were also recorded, taking total infections to 6,978.

Of these, 35 were local transmissions, while the remaining two were import cases. Twenty-two of the new cases involved foreigners.

However, 31 patients were discharged from hospital, pushing total recoveries to 5,646.

Meanwhile, 1,218 patients continue to receive treatment with 11 in the intensive care unit and six in need of respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said two new cases involved returnees from Singapore. Fourteen new cases were also detected among three clusters – the Chow Kit market (seven), Pudu (six) and one case from the Cheras security guard cluster.

He also said the ministry discovered that 972 cases – which were previously under investigation – were linked to the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering in February. This brings the total number of infections from the cluster to 3,347.

“This means that the Sri Petaling cluster and its sub-cluster account for 48% of the total number of Covid-19 cases, which involve five generations,” he said, adding that 33 deaths were linked to this cluster.

Noor Hisham also said the ministry was looking to record infections in lower double digits, following the number of infections recorded recently.

He said Malaysia was on target in terms of its modelling when it came to the spread of the outbreak.

“When we look back at the two weeks from May 4 to now, the cases have not increased, but neither has it decreased as fast as we want.

“It is important there is no sudden surge of cases of more than three digits. As long as we are below 50, I am quite happy although our target is lower,” he said.

He said this was achievable if the public worked together and adhered to the standard operating procedures.

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