Malaysia records 108 recoveries, highest in a day

The total number of Covid-19 patients who have been discharged is 645

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

Alam Flora Sdn Bhd conducting the disinfection process to curb the spread of Covid-19 around Pudu Market in KL yesterday. As of yesterday, Selangor had 726 Covid-19 cases, followed by KL (455) and Johor (368)

MALAYSIA has recorded 108 patients discharged as of noon yesterday, making it the highest number of recoveries in a single day since the outbreak.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this is a sign that the nation’s recovery rate has been steadily improving.

“The total number of Covid-19 patients who have been discharged is 645, which is 22.2% of the total number of cases.

“The number of patients who recover increases every day throughout the week and the daily new cases showed a flattening curve,” he said in a live press conference yesterday.

There were 142 new positive Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 2,908 cases nationwide.

Out of the total number of patients, 102 are currently treated at the intensive care unit, while 66 patients require assistance from ventilators.

Dr Noor Hisham also added that there were two more deaths reported, bringing the cumulative number of Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia to 45 cases.

“The 44th death case (No 193) is an 80-year-old female and has a history of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. While, the 45th death case (No 1,053) was a 62-year-old male with a background history of diabetes and high blood pressure,” he added.

He said both patients had a close contact history with positive Covid-19 cases and were treated at the Kuala Lumpur (KL) Hospital.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also said the Ministry of Health (MoH) is welcoming more volunteers to join the Covid-19 health and medical assistance team.

“Currently, there are a total of 2,359 volunteers (who) have offered themselves from various levels and professions in dealing with the Covid-19 incidents in Malaysia.

“At the same time, MoH is in talks with the central agency for immediately refining the contractual mechanism of appointments for more health professional nationwide,” he said.

He also added that those who are interested to volunteer can join the team by filling up the Volunteer Membership Registration form through MoH’s website.

The DG also said the MoH has launched a rapid test kit from South Korea yesterday and the test results are expected to be released today.

“If the test result shows high accuracy, then MoH will bring in 200,000 rapid test kits and will test it in all health clinics nationwide.”

He also noted that MoH has received 5,000 units of Flocked Swab, Universal Transport Medium from the High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore for Covid-19 test yesterday.

He added that the swab will be sent to the National Public Health Laboratory before being distributed to clinics and hospitals across Malaysia. So far, a total of 43,462 people have undergone the Covid-19 health screening since the outbreak.

“Out of the total, 2,908 tested positive and 32,894 tested negative. The remaining 7,660 people are still waiting for their test results,” the DG said.

As of yesterday, Selangor remained as the state with the highest Covid-19 cases with 726, followed by KL (455) and Johor (368).