Covid-19 update: Four more fatalities recorded, including two from Sarawak

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, March 23: Malaysia has registered four deaths in the last 24 hours due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), including two deaths in Sarawak.

Ministry of Health (MoH) director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed the new fatalities has raised the number of cumulative deaths due to Covid-19 in Malaysia to 14 people.

“There were four new fatalities. A 70-year-old man who had a history of travelling overseas. Also a 70-year-old man who had attended the tabligh gathering at Masjid Jamek in Sri Petaling and was treated at Klang Hospital.

“Another one was a 49-year-old man who was linked to case number 1,031 (from Sarawak).

“The next one was a 51-year-old woman who was a close contact of a positive Covid-19 patient from the tabligh gathering and was treated at Miri Hospital,” he disclosed during a press conference at MoH’s headquarters in Putrajaya.

Dr Noor Hisham also revealed that there were 212 new Covid-19 positive cases reported as of noon today.

From this total, 123 cases are related to the tabligh assembly cluster.

The cumulative total of positive cases to date is 1,518 cases.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, 57 Covid-19 positive cases are being treated in intensive care units (ICUs) in hospitals while 27 patients require breathing aid.

In the last 24 hours, he noted there were 20 Covid-19 positive cases which have recovered and allowed to be discharged from hospitals, bringing the culmulative number of recoveries as of March 23 to 159 cases. — DayakDaily