Covid-19: Death toll rises to 14, with 212 new cases recorded (updated)

PETALING JAYA: There are 212 new Covid-19 cases in the country, with the death toll now at 14.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that as of Monday (March 23) noon, 212 new Covid-19 cases were recorded.

“This brings the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia to 1,518,” he said in a press conference.

He added that out of the 212 new Covid-19 cases, 123 cases were linked to the cluster from the Seri Petaling tabligh event.

This is the highest number of new cases recorded in a day, with the previous record at 190 new cases on March 15.

Dr Noor Hisham added that 57 Covid-19 patients were currently being treated at the Intensive Care Unit, out of which, 27 cases needed respiratory aid.

Four new deaths were also reported to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, which brings the death toll to 14.

The 11th victim was patient 1,070, who was a 70-year old Malaysian man with a travel history, and was treated at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz.

The 12th victim was patient 1,114, who was a 70-year old Malaysian man linked to the tabligh cluster, and was treated at Kluang Hospital.

The 13th victim was patient 1,006, a 49-year-old Malaysian man, who was the son of a 79-year old woman who also died of Covid-19. He was treated at Sarawak General Hospital.

The 14th victim was patient 595, a 51-year-old Malaysian woman, who was a close contact to a confirmed Covid-19 patient linked to the tabligh cluster. She was treated at the Miri Hospital.

Dr Noor Hisham, however, added that 20 cases have recovered and allowed to be discharged, bringing the cumulative total of recovered cases to 159.

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