Health DG: 172 new cases, five deaths

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  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has increased by 172 with another five deaths, says Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said this brought the number of fatalities to 20 so far.

Dr Noor Hisham said the cumulative cases now stood at 1,796 as of noon yesterday.

“A total of 16 infected patients have been discharged, bringing the total number of people who have recovered to 199.

“Of the 172 new cases, 71 of them were linked to the tabligh gathering at Masjid Jamek, Sri Petaling.

“About two-third of all cases were related to this gathering,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the other 101 new cases were still under investigation.

He said presently, 45 patients were being warded in the intensive care unit with 34 of them needing ventilators.

“Three of the new reported deaths were elderly men with a history of chronic diseases while the fourth was a 68-year-old woman.

“A total of 73 medical staff have also tested positive for the Covid-19, although none of them were frontliners battling the disease,” he said.

Of these cases, 47 of them were linked to a wedding ceremony which was also attended by those who went for the tabligh gathering in Sri Petaling.

Dr Noor Hisham said the remaining had history of overseas travel and contact with other Covid-19 positive patients.

He added that of the 1,895 ministry’s frontliners tested for the disease, 1,187 came back negative while another 708 were still waiting for the results.

He reminded them to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, especially washing their hands regularly, social distancing and wearing personal protective equipment when necessary.

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