No deaths as recoveries outpace admissions

PUTRAJAYA: No new deaths related to Covid-19 were reported by the health ministry today, with the toll remaining at 115.

A total of 48 new cases were also reported, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 7,185, with 1,158 active cases.

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

He said 53 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 5,912.

Of the 48 new patients, four are imported cases, while the rest are local transmissions.

Twenty-five of the local cases are foreigners, with 21 cases detected at the immigration depot in Semenyih.

The Pedas factory workers and Setia Alam construction site clusters also recorded one new case each.

Meanwhile, the four imported cases comprised three Malaysians returning from Saudi Arabia and one from Egypt.

The Sri Petaling mosque cluster currently has 318 active cases, with no new patients reported.

Of the 21 positive cases detected from old folks homes, Noor Hisham said 13 involved senior citizens and the rest were staff working at the centres.

He said most of the close contacts of the pregnant woman who had returned to Kelantan from Ampang in Kuala Lumpur had tested negative so far.

Her 26 close contacts in Kelantan have all tested negative. Four of her contacts in Selangor were identified, with one testing negative and the others awaiting their results.

Post-Cabinet meeting

On the post-Cabinet meeting which was attended by a Covid-19 positive patient on Wednesday, Noor Hisham said all those attending such meetings were required to be swabbed for the virus and made to adhere to strict SOPs during the meeting.

He said the other top officials who attended the meeting had tested negative so far, but have been advised to continue their self-quarantine for the full 14-day period.

A total of 35 officials had attended the meeting, said Noor Hisham.

Top officials from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Attorney-General’s Chambers and the National Audit Department have been placed under quarantine following the meeting. This includes Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who also attended.

Noor Hisham also addressed concerns about the usage of hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 patients, maintaining that patients are constantly monitored when administered the drug.

He said the medicine had been available for the past 40 years and was known to have certain side-effects, hence the need to monitor each patient’s response to the drug.

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