Malaysia records 4 more deaths due to Covid-19, 551 premises gazetted as quarantine centres

To date, a total of 99 Covid-19 patients are being treated in the ICU as the virus claims 61 lives nationwide

by DASHVEENJIT KAUR/ pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA recorded another four new Covid-19 deaths and reported 179 new positive cases, bringing the tally 61 and 3,662 respectively, as of yesterday’s noon.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture; centre) said in total, the virus has claimed 61 lives in the country, or 1.67% from the total reported cases.

Ninety patients have been discharged, raising the total number of patients who have recovered to 1,005, or about 27.44% of total cases.

“To date, a total of 99 Covid-19 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Of these, 48 cases require breathing assistance from ventilators,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

The 58th death case (No 2,210) from Sarawak and 61st death case (No 2,200) from Sabah were both male citizens of Malaysia aged 72 and 66 respectively, with a history of diabetes and hypertension.

The former was in close contact with a positive Covid-19 case (No 1,031), while the latter also suffered from a kidney disease.

The 59th (No 3,484) death case, aged 68, had a history of diabetes and was treated in Kuala Lumpur, while the 60th death (No 3,073), a 53-year-old patient, was admitted in Sarawak General Hospital.

To expedite the detection and increase the number of screening, Dr Noor Hisham said the Ministry of Health (MoH) will get the latest equipment from China capable of processing 4,000 cases a day, and test the latest antigen test kit from South Korea and bring it in if the accuracy rate is over 70%.

He also shared the results of an investigation that showed there is a group of positive cases from a cluster with a history of travel to Italy (No 1,580).

“So far, out of that cluster, 37 people have been confirmed positive, in which there were five deaths (ie No 1,031, 1,032, 1,006, 2,850, and 2,210) and one critical case in need of respiratory assistance in the ICU.

“This cluster has been infecting up to the third generation in Sarawak,” he added. Dr Noor Hisham also said Malaysians returning from overseas will be stationed at the quarantine centres provided in accordance to the country’s Movement Control Order (MCO).

“At the country’s entrance, they will undergo a health screening that includes fever and symptoms check. The Covid-19 detection test will be done and they will be monitored for 14 days at the quarantine centres,” he added.

Separately, the government has gazetted a total of 551 premises as Covid-19 quarantine centres which can accommodate a total of 40,000 individuals at any one time.

Bernama reported that Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as saying that to date, 107 stations (quarantine centres) are fully operational.

“There were 90 quarantine centres yesterday, we have added more today to make it 107 stations,” he said after chairing a meeting of the Special Ministerial Committee on the MCO yesterday.

On disinfection operations, Ismail Sabri said 83 areas in 11 states, including 41 in Johor and 14 in Kuala Lumpur have undergone sanitisation works so far with the focus on red zones identified as high-risk and the People’s Housing Project areas.

The Housing and Local Government Ministry, under the coordination of the Fire and Rescue Department, will lead the public sanitisation exercise nationwide.