Two More Virus Deaths, 142 New Cases but More Recoveries

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The number of patients who recover increases every day throughout the week and the daily new cases showed a flattening curve.

There have been two Covid-19 related deaths in Malaysia in the last 24 hours, with 142 new cases reported, driving up the number of cases to 2,908.

The latest casualties, aged 80 and 62, push the total deaths to 45 or 1.55 percent of the total cases.

The first death was of an 80-year-old woman with a heart condition, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said she was admitted to Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 13 and died yesterday at 4.30am.

He said the second person was a 62-year-old Malaysian admitted to the same hospital on March 17. He passed away at 10.46pm last night.

He also suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

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

On a more positive note, Dr Noor Hisham also announced 108 recoveries, the highest so far in the country, pushing the total number of patients who recovered to 645.

He also said that the movement-control order (MCO) has prevented a spike in Covid-19 cases.

He said the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) had predicted a jump in infections up to yesterday.

“We compared the (projected) trajectory to Health Ministry numbers until March 31.

“Their (MIER’s) report showed a sharp increase in cases, but because of the MCO, we can see that the cases are lower in number.

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“We can see, based on our statistics, that there are signs of success because of the actions taken under the MCO,” he told a press conference at the ministry in Putrajaya.

“If you look at this graph by the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) there used to be a drastic curve which showed a huge spike in cases.

“However, if you look at it now, the curves flatten which shows early signs our efforts in calling the MCO has reduced cases,” said Dr Noor Hisham.