By Karen Bong
KUCHING, March 25: Malaysia has recorded two more Covid-19 deaths in Johor, bringing the number of fatalities in the country so far to 19.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah disclosed that the 18th death — case 1,625 — was a 56-year-old Malaysian citizen who had a history of chronic disease.
“He was treated at Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor on March 20 and passed away on March 23 at 2am,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 today.
The 19th death — case 1,246 — involved a 68-year-old Malaysian woman who was treated at Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital in Johor on March 19.
“Her health deteriorated and was given respiratory support in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was pronounced dead on March 25 at 12.53am,” he said.
Earlier today, Malaysia reported two Covid-19 fatalities after a 75-year-old man (case 1,334) and a 66-year-old man (case 1,251) passed away in Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 24 at 7.40pm and Sultan Fatimah Specialist Hospital on March 25 at 4.10am. Both the patients had history of chronic disease.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham reported that Malaysia registered 172 new confirmed Covid-19 cases today, bringing the national total to 1,796 cases.
“Of the total in new cases, 71 were related to the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster while the remaining 101 cases are still under investigation and might be related to other clusters,” he said.
A total of 45 positive cases were being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) while 34 cases required respiratory support.
“There are 16 Covid-19 patients who have fully recovered and were discharged today, bringing the number of people cured in Malaysia to 199,” he added. — DayakDaily