One new death as infections push past recoveries

PUTRAJAYA: One new death took the country’s Covid-19 toll to 115 today, with 78 new cases pushing total infections to 7,137.

The latest casualty was a 65-year-old man with a history of chronic illnesses. He died yesterday after being admitted to the Sungai Buloh hospital on April 3.

However, 63 more patients were also discharged from hospital, taking total recoveries to 5,859.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 1,163 patients continue receiving treatment, with nine in the intensive care unit and five in need of respiratory assistance.

He said of the 78 new cases today, 25 were import cases while 53 were local transmissions.

Of the local transmissions, 40 were foreigners, 25 of whom were from the Bukit Jalil immigration depot.

The 25 cases from the depot were all Pakistan nationals who had been detained by the immigration authorities during raids conducted at locked-down areas, bringing the total number of patients from the depot cluster to 60.

Two other cases were also reported from the Semenyih immigration depot, comprising Myanmar nationals.

Noor Hisham said the Bukit Jalil centre comprised four blocks, three of which housed migrants detained during the movement control order (MCO) and one for those detained before that.

He said there were no positive cases involving children or women, who stayed in a separate block from the men, while none of the staff at the facility had tested positive so far.

He said screening procedures were underway at both centres, adding that none of them would be sent back to their home country until they were confirmed negative in the test for the virus.

“We will screen everyone, identify and isolate positive cases and treat them in the hospital and we will quarantine those who had close contact with them as well,” he said.

The Sri Petaling mosque cluster recorded 12 new cases today, while the Sungai Lui cluster also reported 11 new cases.

The Pesantren cluster reported six new cases, while the Pudu and Selayang wholesale market clusters recorded one case each.

Meanwhile, the Bali patient under investigation (PUI) cluster has officially ended after no new cases were reported for the past 28 days. The cluster had 43 positive cases and four deaths.

Noor Hisham reiterated that Muslims celebrating Aidilfitri should aim to reduce or avoid having visitations. He said other countries showed sharp spikes in cases in the two weeks after a festive season.

“Our aim is to avoid having a sharp increase in cases. It’s no longer just the government or health ministry’s responsibility, but it’s the joint responsibility of all Malaysians to follow the set SOPs.

“If the people can comply, we will be able to maintain our two-digit number of cases or even reduce it further to one digit,” he said.

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