According to The Star, Malaysia has recorded eight new deaths from Covid-19 as of 11 pm yesterday – bringing the total to 35 deaths. Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s latest announcement stated that among the passed, a 27-year old became the latest Covid-19 casualty. The victim is also believed to be the youngest victim in the country and had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney problems.
“Of that total [35 deaths], 55.6% were 60-years-old and above, while 67.6% suffered from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney and heart problems… They are at further risk to develop more serious Covid-19 symptoms,” Dr Noor Hisham said during his daily press conference in Putrajaya yesterday.
He also said there were 150 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 2,470. Thus, the Health Ministry will be using training institutes as Covid-19 quarantine centres and ramped up its capacity by preparing extra 19,200 beds to treat patients.
He reminded those at risk to take the necessary precautions to prevent themselves and their families from getting infected. Most importantly, to make sure their medication is enough and uninterrupted.
He stated those who were asymptomatic but tested positive and those who were positive but with mild symptoms without respiratory problems would be placed in the quarantine centres.
“The hospitals will be reserved for moderate or critical cases… If there is an increase of cases then we might use the training institutes and also the temporary hospital at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) that has 600 beds,” he continued.
As of 29 March, 73 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit and 68 patients have recovered. In total, the number of recovered patients stood at 388.
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