Selangor Journal
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during a press briefing on the latest Covid-19 update at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya, on April 27, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

65 more discharged, recovery rate now at 74.8 pct

PUTRAJAYA, May 9 — The cumulative figure of Covid-19 cases which have recovered has hit 74.8 per cent of the total number of positive cases, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said another 65 cases have recovered and were discharged today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,929.

Another 54 new positive cases, including 45 involving foreigners, were reported today, bringing the tally to 6,589, he said in a statement.

“Out of the 54 new patients, one was an imported case. This means local infections accounted for 53, with three detected among clusters and localities under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO),” he added.

He said another fatality was reported today, bringing the death toll to 108.

The latest fatality involved case 2,499, a 74-year-old Malaysian woman with a history of autoimmune disease, high blood pressure and thyroid problems.

She was admitted to the Melaka Hospital on March 29 and died at 11.23 pm yesterday, he said.

He said 18 cases are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), including six which require ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham said the latest developments meant that there were 1,552 active Covid-19 cases.

He said another new cluster involving foreign workers was detected in Setia Alam, Selangor on May 6.

Five workers who wanted to return to work were tested for Covid-19 at a private hospital and three of them were found positive, he added.

“All three are Bangladeshis who share a place of residence with 18 others. Following that, investigation and screening of close contacts of the three cases have been conducted,” he said.

As of noon today, 28 people linked to the cluster have been screened for Covid-19 and 12 of them, all Bangladeshis, were found to be positive, he said.

“Nine were found to be negative and seven others are awaiting their results. The source of infection for this cluster is being investigated,” he said.

On developments regarding workers of a factory in Pedas, Negeri Sembilan, he said that as of noon today, 28 new positive cases had been detected, bringing the tally there to 88.

Eighty-one of the cases are foreigners — 33 Nepalese, 26 Bangladeshis, 11 Indonesians and 11 Myanmar nationals.

— Bernama

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