PUTRAJAYA, April 9 (Bernama) — The daily number of recovered patients and discharged has once again surpassed the number of new positive cases with 121 fully recovered cases against 109 new confirmed patients today.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said as of noon today, 109 new positive cases recorded, bringing the tally of the confirmed cases in Malaysia to 4,228 patients.
“The cumulative number of fully recovered patients and discharged from hospitals stood at 1,608 or 38.03 per cent of the total cases,” he told a daily news conference on COVID-19 at the Ministry of Health (MOH) here today.
Yesterday, the COVID-19 situation in the country also showed remarkable improvement with the total number of recovered patients and discharged from hospitals stood at 166 compared to 156 new confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said currently, 72 patients are being treated in the intensive care units with 43 needing breathing aid.
He said as of noon today, two fatalities recorded, bringing the COVID-19 related death toll to 67 to date.
“The 66th death is a 59-year-old Malaysian man with a history of autoimmune disease and other chronic diseases. He also attended the Seri Petaling gathering.
“He was admitted to the Melaka Hospital on March 31 and passed away at 5 am on April 9,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said the 67th casualty was a 23-year-old Malaysian woman with a history of thyroid disease.
She was a close contact of two positive patients and is a fifth-generation patient of the Kuching church gathering cluster, but she did not attend the gathering.
The woman was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital on March 30 and pronounced dead at 9.42 am on April 9.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said MOH had detected 416 positive cases among non-Malaysians, including one death which was reported yesterday.
He said they comprised citizens of Indonesia (51), India (37), Myanmar (31), Pakistan (29) and the Philippines (27).
He said MOH is collaborating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure refugees and asylum seekers in the country are included in the COVID-19 prevention and control activities carried out by the government.
“We are being assisted by many non-governmental organisations and volunteers in carrying out detection activities in the field with the involvement of the district health offices personnel.
“In Kuala Lumpur alone we have 137 volunteers from various sectors helping us,” he said.