Covid-19 casualty counts up to 34, 7 deaths recorded in a day

Out of the 34 cases of death related to Covid-19, it is found that 55.6% are 60 years old and above, while 67.6% have experienced chronic illnesses

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by TMR FILE

SEVEN deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded as of noon yesterday, the highest in a single day so far, bringing it to 34, Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that Malaysia recorded 150 new positive cases making it 2,470 cases and a total of 68 patients have been discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 388.

Out of the 34 cases of death related to Covid-19, it is found that 55.6% are 60 years old and above, while 67.6% have experienced chronic illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and cardiovascular diseases.

As of yesterday, 73 patients are currently being treated in the intensive care unit, whereby out of the total, 52 cases require respiratory aid.

“The 28th death case, which was the 2,321st case, a female Malaysian of 91 years, with a health history involving diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease.

“She was treated at the University Malaya Medical Centre on March 26, 2020, her death was confirmed on March 28 at 8.48am,” he said at a media briefing yesterday.

He added that the 29th casualty involved another female Malaysian aged 64 years, with diabetes and hypertension health history.

“She was treated at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Negri Sembilan on March 25, and pronounced dead on March 28 at 10.15pm,” he said.

The 30th up to the 34th involved male Malaysians of various ages, from 76, 27, 50, 37 and 77 years of age respectively, all of which having health history involving diabetes and hypertension, except for the 33rd case, whose history was his travel to India.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham added that much earlier, there was only one laboratory involved in running the tracking test of Covid-19 in Malaysia, but laboratory capacity has since been increased to involve 25 institutions nationwide.

“Now, to assist the Ministry of Health (MoH) with increasing capacity for testing the virus, the Ministry of Higher Education as well as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has provided 10 additional diagnostic labs at higher education institutions, university teaching hospitals including one movable laboratories to hotspots.

“All 10 of the additional diagnostic laboratories will be available to perform 42,420 tracking tests per month, or 1,414 per day,” he said.

The laboratories added to the tracking capacity includes 18 MoH laboratories, namely the Institute for Medical Research, National Public Health Lab in Sungai Buloh, 12 labs at the MoH hospital level and four public health labs at the state level, namely Johor, Kelantan, Perak and Sabah.

Seven private labs are also included, namely Lablink (M) Sdn Bhd, Pantai Premier Pathology Sdn Bhd, Neogenix Laboratories Sdn Bhd, Clinipath (M) Sdn Bhd, BP Clinical Lab Sdn Bhd (Glenmarie Branch), Sunway Medical Centre and Gribbles Pathology Sdn Bhd.

The ministry also welcomes volunteers in the health and medical practice in order to handle the Covid-19 crisis in Malaysia.

Currently, there are as many as 157 volunteers that has participated and tasked via stages to help the medical assistance team and the treatment.

“Around 1,008 more people will join the medical team at hospitals, of which they are of various professions in medicine.

“Considering the current situation, MoH is calling for more volunteers to join the healthcare team,” he said.

Separately, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that up to 649 people were arrested on March 28 for having ignored the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Ismail Sabri added that 73 individuals have been prosecuted and pleaded guilty in courts.

“The Royal Police Department and the Malaysian Armed Forces have held as much as 997 road blocks, and investigated 301,938 vehicles, as well as evaluated 3,223 premises,” he said in a statement.

Similarly, 27 hypermarkets have been reviewed and it was found that most basic food necessities can be easily obtained.

“Hypermarkets have also put out their own rules and regulations for both customers and workers, for example, the distance in lines and limiting the amount of time a customer spends in a premise,” he said.