PUTRAJAYA, 9 April 2020:
The daily number of recovered patients and discharged in Malaysia has once again surpassed the number of new positive cases with 121 fully recovered cases against 109 new confirmed patients today.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said as of noon today, 109 new positive cases recorded, bringing the tally of the confirmed cases in Malaysia to 4,228 patients.
Meanwhile, Singapore today reported 287 new cases of Covid-19 in the republic – the biggest daily upsurge so far, with the majority linked to foreign worker dorms, bringing the tally to 1,910.
Yesterday, the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia had showed remarkable improvement with the total number of recovered patients and discharged from hospitals stood at 166 compared to 156 new confirmed cases.
“The cumulative number of fully recovered patients and discharged from hospitals stood at 1,608 or 38.03% of the total cases,” Dr Noor Hisham told a daily news conference on Covid-19 at the Health Ministry today.
He said 72 patients are being treated in the intensive care units with 43 needing breathing aid. And as of noon today, two fatalities were recorded, bringing the Covid-19 related death toll to 67 to date.
“The 66th death is a 59-year-old Malaysian man with a history of autoimmune disease and other chronic diseases. He also attended the Seri Petaling gathering. He was admitted to the Melaka Hospital on March 31 and passed away at 5am on April 9.”
Dr Noor Hisham said the 67th casualty was a 23-year-old Malaysian woman with a history of thyroid disease. She was a close contact of two positive patients and is a fifth-generation patient of the Kuching church gathering cluster, but she did not attend the gathering.
The woman was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital on March 30 and pronounced dead at 9.42am on April 9.
Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry 0had detected 416 positive cases among non-Malaysians, including two deaths – involving a Pakistani (reported yesterday) and an Indonesian (March 31).
He said they comprised citizens of Indonesia (51), India (37), Myanmar (31), Pakistan (29) and the Philippines (27).
He said the ministry is collaborating with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure refugees and asylum seekers in the country are included in the Covid-19 prevention and control activities carried out by the government.