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KUCHING, Sept 19: Malaysia recorded 20 new Covid-19 cases were today, of which 17 were local and three imported transmission.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said of the 17 local cases, 14 of them are Malaysians and three foreigners.
“Kedah recorded eight cases from Sungai Cluster and one severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.
“Sabah recorded eight cases as well, which five were detected during hospital screening and one each from SARI, Benteng Cluster and Bakau Cluster,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham also disclosed that one death case was reported at Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), bringing the cumulative death cases in the country to 130.
“The 130th death case is an 82-year-old Malaysian who has a background of stroke and difficulty moving on his own since March due to a major fracture in his leg. He suffered from fever on September 4, but did not seek treatment.
“On September 7, he was detected as a close contact with his children and grandchildren of which two are positive cases from Sungai Cluster. He was then admitted to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Kedah. On Sept 9, his Covid-19 swab result positive. His condition started to deteriorate and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He was pronounced dead on Sept 18 at 5.45 pm,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
With the 20 new cases recorded today, the total number of infections in the country has reached 10,167 since the outbreak began.
Active cases as of today stands at 722.
MOH also announced that 51 more patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals, bringing the rate of recovery to 9,315 cases.
Twelve patients are currently being treated in the intensive care unit including two that requires ventilator support. — DayakDaily