Malaysia’s Covid-19 Death Toll Rises to 19

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Covid-19 has claimed two more lives, bringing the total number of deaths to 19.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 18th death, (Case 1,625), was a male aged 56, with a history of chronic diseases.

He was treated at the Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor, on March 20, 2020, and was pronounced dead on March 23 at 2am.

Dr Noor Hisham said the 19th fatality was a 68-year-old woman (Case 1,246), who was treated at the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital in Johor on March 19.

Her health deteriorated, and she needed respiratory assistance in the intensive care unit.

She was pronounced dead at 12.53 am this morning.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia has recorded 1,796 positive cases, after an increase of 172 cases today.

“A total of 71 cases from 172 were related to the tabligh gathering cluster.


“The cause of the remaining 101 cases were still being investigated,” he said at a press conference today.

He said that 45 cases were being treated in the intensive care unit, with 34 of them needing ventilator support.

Another 16 cases have recovered, bringing the cumulative number of recovered and discharged cases to 199, said Dr Noor Hisham. – NST