3 deaths, over 100 new Covid-19 infections

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry this evening confirmed three Covid-19 related deaths and 147 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Sabah recorded the highest number of cases with 134 new infections.

The new infections bring the total number of cases to 10,505, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

This is the highest number of recorded deaths since April 21.

Noor Hisham said one of the deceased was a 48-year-old Indonesian woman who had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure. She was admitted to Hospital Tawau on Sept 14 after complaining of fever, cough and vomiting.

She was then transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) on Sept 19 but died on the same day at 10.20pm. A Covid-19 test on Sept 22 showed that she had the virus.

Another death involved a 54-year-old Malaysian man who received treatment from Hospital Semporna in Sabah. He was transferred to the ICU in Hospital Tawau on Sept 20 where he died at 6.55pm yesterday.

The third death was that of a Malaysian man in Alor Setar, aged 72, who previously suffered from a stroke. He was a close contact of a positive case from the Tawar cluster.

“The man’s condition continued to deteriorate and he was transferred to the ICU. He was pronounced dead today at 3.40am,” said Noor Hisham.

Meanwhile, of the 147 new cases, he said 143 were local infections – 115 Malaysians and 28 foreigners.

The four remaining infections were imported cases involving three Malaysians and one foreigner.

He added that 39 people had recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,602.

There are currently 770 active cases, with eight people in the ICU and two on respiratory assistance.