Health DG: 57 new Covid-19 cases, three fatalities

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, April 21: Fifty-seven new Covid-19 positive cases and three deaths were reported in Malaysia today, raising the total number of cases to 5,482 and the cumulative national death toll to 92 since the pandemic began.

Speaking during the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 57 cases, 18 were imported cases comprising Malaysians who were staying abroad and had just returned home.

The other 39 were local cases that spread within the community.

“Malaysia has discharged 54 more patients as of noon and 3,349 patients have recovered. Our recovery rate now is at 61.1 per cent out of the total number of positive cases. Currently, there are 2,041 active cases being treated at various hospitals nationwide.

“There are 43 patients being treated at intensive care units (ICU), with 27 needing ventilators,” he said.

On the newest fatalities, Dr Noor Hisham said the 90th fatality is a 72-year-old Malaysian woman with a history of high blood pressure and diabetes. She was treated at Sungai Buloh Hospital since March 27 and died on April 20 at 1.47pm.

“The 91st death is a 69-year-old Malaysian man with a history of high blood pressure and diabetes. He was admitted into Sarawak General Hospital since April 6 and died today at 2.28am.

“The 92nd death is a 92-year-old Malaysian man who was a close contact of a Covid-19 positive patient. He was admitted and treated at Kuala Lumpur Hospital since April 8 and died today at 1.30am. He also has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes and dementia,” Dr Noor Hisham added. — DayakDaily