PUTRAJAYA April 19: Since the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) started on April 15, COVID -19 new cases had reached below 100 and today only 84 cases were recorded bringing the cumulative total to 5, 389.
Currently 109,308 individuals have done the health screening tests and from that only 5,389 or 5% have been infected with COVID-19.
Health Director General, Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the 5% infected is within the World Health Organization (WHO) benchmark of 10% and this is a sign that the enforcement of MCO and Enhanced MCO (EMCO) has been effective in curbing corona virus from spreading.
“Today 95 patients have been discharged and this brings the total of full recovery to 3,197, while 2,103 are still under treatment.
“From the new cases, 46 have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 26 need respiratory aids.
“One death is recorded today bringing the death toll to 89 or 1.65% , that is much lower compared to other countries’ death rate,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a press conference here today.
Relating to the progress of the Ministry’s health screening on Malaysians coming back from abroad, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 43 students that came back from Indonesia had formed a new cluster.
From that 34 were quarantined in Melaka while 9 in Kuala Lumpur.
“Also infected with COVID-19 was one person that came back from Turkey, one from Kalimantan and one from Acheh, Indonesia,” he added.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, the cluster among the health workers in Kuching now has three cases, Plaza City One with an additional one case bringing to the total of 40, while the engineering cluster in Pahang has reached to 58 cases. Other clusters have no additional new case.
On the question of the Chinese experts and doctors that arrived in Malaysia yesterday, Dr. Noor Hisham said, they do not only discuss on treatment and research on corona virus but also share their failures so that the Malaysian medical team will not repeat the mistakes.
“Discussions include treatment of patients in the ICU, wards and the application of specific formula. We are sharing knowledge with the Chinese medical experts about the new virus that had caused an epidemic in Hubei for two months,” explained Dr. Noor Hisham. –Malaysia World New