142 new Covid-19 cases and two more deaths
Published on: Thursday, April 02, 2020
By: Bernama
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PUTRAJAYA: A total of 142 new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country, including three cases in Sabah, as at noon Wednesday, bringing the total to 2,908. 

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said two more deaths due to the disease were recorded Wednesday, which brings the total number of fatalities to 45 or 1.55 per cent of the total cases.

He said 102 Covid-19 positive cases were being treated at the Intensive Care Unit, with 66 cases requiring ventilators to aid with breathing.

Dr Noor Hisham said the 44th death (case 193) was of an 80-year-old Malaysian woman who had a history of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

“She was a close contact of a Covid-19 positive case (case 115). She was treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 13 and was pronounced dead on March 31 at 4.30am,” he said at the daily press conference on Covid-19 developments, here, Wednesday. 

Dr Noor Hisham said the 45th person (case 1053) who died was a 62-year-old Malaysian man with a history of diabetes and hypertension.

“He had been in close contact with a Covid-19 positive case (case 486) and was warded at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 17. He died on March 31 at 10.46pm,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said currently, 2,359 health volunteers in various fields have stepped forward to provide help in efforts to combat Covid-19 pandemic.

They comprised 65 specialist doctors in various fields, 159 medical officers; 909 nurses; 220 medical laboratory technologists; 704 medical assistants; 106 radiographers; 56 physiotherapists; 70 science officers (microbiology); seven pharmacists; 44 pharmacy assistants, 11 occupational safety and health officers; two psychologists and six counsellors.

The Health Ministry hoped that more volunteers would come forward and those who wish to join the Covid-19 health and medical assistance team can fill up the volunteer registration form available on the ministry’s Facebook page, he added.

Meanwhile, the first phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), implemented from March 18 to Tuesday, has shown signs of early success in efforts to control and flatten the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although there were surges in the number of cases, they were mainly due to the Health Ministry’s action in carrying out screening actively.

Referring to the Covid-19 graph in Malaysia, he said the red line as projected by the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (Mier) showed that the number of cases was expected to increase in the first phase of the MCO.



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