Covid-19: 2 Sarawakians among 3 deaths in past 24 hours, toll at 37

Dr Noor Hisham at the press conference.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, March 30: Two Sarawakians were among three Malaysians who died as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the past 24 hours.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the two Sarawakians, one of the victims passed away at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) and the other at Miri Hospital.

The 35th death is a woman aged 57 with a history of diabetes and travelling history to Indonesia. The victim, a Health Ministry personnel, was treated at Sungai Buloh Hospital and passed away at 4pm yesterday.

The 36th death is a 47-year-old man who was treated at SGH since March 23. The patient’s health deteriorated and was pronounced dead today at 8.10am.

The 37th death however, is a 46-year-old woman who has hypertension and autoimmune disease. She was treated at Miri Hospital and passed away at 9.02am today.

“There is an increase of three new death cases for Covid-19 as reported by the national Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CPRC).

“With the increase, the number of cumulative cases of death in Malaysia has now become 37,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 156 new positive cases for Covid-19 as of noon (March 30), raising the cumulative number of positive cases to 2,626.

He added that 91 patients have recovered from Covid-19, the most in a single day, while 94 patients are being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU) of hospitals.

On another note, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has categorised some of the areas or hotspot as high risk, medium risk and low risk, which were colour coded as red, yellow and green respectively.

“If there is a sudden surge in the number of cases for a particular hotspot, for instance from medium risk area to high risk, the ministry will implement the enhanced movement control order (MCO) at that particular location,” he added. — DayakDaily

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