PUTRAJAYA April 18: Malaysia today records a double digit figure with 54 new COVID-19 positive cases in 24hours time that brings to cumulative total of 5,305.
This is the third day the new COVID-19 cases is below 100 and it shows the effort to curb the pandemic is improving in Malaysia.
Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, 135 patients were discharged and that brings to 3,102 or 58.5% from the total positive cases.
“From the new cases, 49 were taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 26 need respiratory aids. However two death cases were recorded today and that brings the death toll to 88 or 1.66% from the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases.
“The dead were a male from Malaysia aged 88 and suffered from hypertension and diabetics while another was a male aged 36 from Myanmar suffered from pneumonia and admitted to the hospital at a late stage,” he said in a press conference here today.
To a question of whether the Ministry of Health will conduct a mass health screening, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the ministry is now focused on targetted locations with high risk groups. However, the ministry is learning from Singapore experience in screening the foreign workers.
“The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) that has been enforced in the high risks locations and groups have given good results. For example from the tabligh group, about 7.1% were detected with COVID-19 positive, and 30% had the corona virus through close contact.
“The Ministry have screened 105,000 people and from that only 5,305 people have COVID-19 positive. This is a prove that the MCO and EMCO have given positive results in the first and second phase.
“The Ministry is looking into several aspects in its mission to curb the pandemic. Firstly is to look into the fatality rate, secondly the spread of the infections and the consequences of the corona virus,” he said.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, so far there is no sudden rise in COVID-10 positive cases as for the past few days the death rate is lower and new cases is below 100.
To a question whether the MCO is lifted after April 28, Dr. Noor Hisham commented, as for now the people should adhere to the government’s directives; do not gather in a crowd, always have a one meter social distancing, stay at home, have optimum cleanliness and use the sanitizer when washing the hands.
For the health workers, Dr. Noor Hisham advised them to clean the areas of priority like the pantry. They have to comply with the health regulations and take precautions at all time.
This is in view of the new cluster in Sabah that has been formed amongst hospital staff where one person was infected with COVID-19 and has spread it to others in the group. –Malaysia World News