Malaysia’s Covid-19 death tally still rising (updated)

PUTRAJAYA, 26 March 2020:

Four more Covid-19 death has been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 23 since the start of the outbreak in Malaysia, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

But the current death rate of Covid-19 in Malaysia is only 1.1% compared to 4.5% recorded for the world, said Dr Noor Hisham, who noted more than 98% of Covid-19 positive cases here have so far recovered.

“It takes time to determine if they have recovered and could return home. What is important before they are discharged from hospital is that they need to have negative results for 24 hours. The Health Ministry (MoH) will be taking care of them until they are tested negative twice.”

He also said the total for those who tested positive for the virus is 2,031 cases with the youngest patient at 12 days old and the oldest is aged 83.

One new death, said Dr Noor Hisham, involved Case 1588 who was a Malaysian national, aged 63, with a history of chronic illness.

“The patient was one of the participants of the tabligh gathering at Sri Petaling Mosque,” he said in a posting on his official Facebook page today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the patient was tested positive and admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar after on March 23.

During treatment, the patient’s condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead at 4am today, he said.

Earlier, Dr Noor Hisham said another death was the 780th case comprising a 76-year-old Malaysian man who had attended the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque from Feb 27 to March 1.

“He was treated at Hospital Sultan Ismail Petra, Kuala Krai, Kelantan from March 18. He was pronounced dead at 4.35pm on March 25.

“The 22nd victim, aged 48, died at 8.15pm on March 25 while being treated at Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital in Johor, while the 23rd death involved a 62-year-old man from Kajang, Selangor. He had a history of chronic illness and was treated at Raja Perempuan Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, Perak from March 23.

“He was pronounced dead at 12.37pm yesterday. His case was still being investigated to ascertain whether or not he was linked to any of the clusters.”

On the number people at the Seri Petaling assembly, Dr Noor Hisham said MoH had screen 13,762 members out of the congregation of 16,000.

In another development, Dr Noor Hisham said the people do not have to worry about donating blood as MoH is always making sure decontamination is carried out.

“it is safe to donate blood. MpH will set an appointment date to collect blood and in fact we encourage donors to make an appointment.”

– Bernama