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THE Health Ministry (MoH) confirmed that 235 new Covid-19 cases were reported as of noon yesterday, bringing the total to 2,031 cases nationwide.
Health Ministry DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 235 new cases, a total of 60 cases were related to the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster.
“The remaining 175 cases are still under investigation and may be related to other clusters.
“To date, 45 cases of Covid-19 are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Of these, 32 cases need respiratory assistance,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He added that 16 patients have recovered so far, bringing the total number of patients discharged to 215.
He also noted that the majority of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country have been from the tabligh cluster.
Additionally, there were four new cases of Covid-19 deaths yesterday, bringing the total to 23.
Dr Noor Hisham stated that the 20th death involved case No 780, who was a 76-year-old male, while the 21st death was case No 1,588, who was a 63-year-old male.
Meanwhile, the 22nd death was case No 1,797, a 48-year-old male with a history of chronic pain.
All three of them were from the tabligh cluster. The 23rd death was case No 1,840, a 62-year-old Malaysian male who also had a history of chronic pain.
“We are still investigating whether he had any connection with any of the Covid-19 clusters,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
Dr Noor Hisham also announced that 80 MoH staff members had tested positive to Covid-19 as of noon yesterday.
“Of these, 39 were from the Teluk Intan hospital cluster.
“Taking into account the current situation, MoH has ordered for all staff of Hospital Teluk Intan to undergo Covid-19 test at the hospital,” he added.
The remaining positive cases among MoH staff members are from the Selayang Hospital (five), Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (four), Seri Manjung Hospital (three), Tuanku Ja’afar Seremban Hospital (three) and Shah Alam Hospital (two).
Meanwhile, Istana Negara confirmed yesterday that seven of its staff have been tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently receiving treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
In a statement, comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah had undergone Covid-19 tests, with their results coming out negative.
“Nevertheless, their Majesties are now observing a 14-day self-quarantine starting yesterday,” he said.
MoH also stated via Twitter that it is currently investigating the cause of infection of the seven Istana Negara staff.
As of yesterday, Selangor recorded the highest cases of Covid-19 with 510 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (321) and Johor (239).