Another Covid-19 death, 14 new cases

PETALING JAYA: Another Covid-19 death was reported today, the second death from the Tawar cluster. It is also the third day in a row that someone has died due to Covid-19.

In a statement, the health ministry also announced 14 new cases today and the presence of a new cluster in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Meanwhile, at a press conference this afternoon, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 21 recoveries were recorded as of 12pm today, bringing the total number of those discharged to 9,075 people (97% of total cases).

Today’s 14 new cases bring the total number of cases recorded in the country to 9,354 – with a total of 151 active cases.

Of this number, five are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) with three requiring respiratory assistance.

Today’s death brings the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 128.

The latest fatality involves an 80-year-old Malaysian woman from the Tawar cluster who had a history of chronic illness.

“She began developing symptoms on Aug 6 and was warded at a medical centre before being transferred to the Pulau Pinang Hospital on Aug 14 after testing positive for Covid-19,” Noor Hisham said.

“Her health deteriorated and she had been on respiratory assistance from Aug 24. She died today at 10.38am.”

Elaborating on the new cases, Noor Hisham said five were imported cases while the other nine were local transmissions.

The Tawar and Telaga clusters in Kedah recorded one new case each today.

Noor Hisham said the latest case in the Tawar cluster meant 75 positive cases have been detected in the cluster.

Of the 17,880 people who have been screened in Kedah, Penang and Perak, a total of 16,387 people tested negative while 1,418 others are awaiting results.

Meanwhile, the one new case from the Telaga cluster means there are now six positive cases in this cluster.

A total of 1,008 people have been screened, with 968 testing negative and 33 awaiting results.