Covid-19: Two more deaths recorded, says Dr Noor Hisham

Dr Noor Hisham fielding questions from the press. Filepix

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KUCHING, Apr 18: Two additional deaths involving Covid-19 was reported today even though the number of reported cases have shown a positive decline recently, said Ministry of Health (MoH) director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press conference today said that the 87th and 88th death cases reported by the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), were a Malaysian and Myanmarese.

“The 87th cases, case number 2,657, involved a 60-year old Malaysian male, with a history of high blood pressure and diabetes, and was treated in Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 30, 2020 and was confirmed death on April 12, 2020, at 3.20 pm.

“For the 88th cases, which is case number 5,252, the 36-year-old male from Myanmar, who came to the hospital seeking treatment after suffering from severe acute respiratory infection, was confirmed dead on the same day, at 10 am,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also stated that a total of 135 cases had recovered and been discharged, bringing the total cumulative recovery cases of Covid-19 to 3,102.

He said that a total of 54 new cases was reported today, which brought the total number of Covid-19 positive cases to 5,305, and 49 cases were currently being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while 26 of the cases required respiratory assistance.

“With the additional two deaths, it brings the total deaths due to Covid-19 in Malaysia to 88 cases, which is equivalent to 1.6 per cent of the total cases,” he added.

Meanwhile, touching about the medical cluster in Sabah, Dr. Noor Hisham said it involved three government hospitals namely Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Likas Woman and Children Hospital, and Keningau Hospital.

He said as of today, 31 cases have been identified as positive case from this cluster, including two new cases reported today.

“This cluster was detected after the one of the hospital staff’s laboratory test for Covid-19 come out positive on April 2, 2020, but all of the cases in this cluster are currently being treated,” he said. —DayakDaily.