Covid-19: 130 new cases, death toll now at 26 (updated)

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  • Friday, 27 Mar 2020

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): A total of 130 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths were reported on Friday (March 27).

This brings the total number of cases to 2,161 and the cumulative death toll to 26.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 24th person (case 1,056) who succumbed to the disease was a 35-year-old Malaysian man who had a history of travel to Indonesia.

"He was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 18 and died at 9.30pm on March 26 (yesterday), ” Dr Noor Hisham told a press conference.

He said the 25th person (case 2,032) who died was an 83-year-old Malaysian man with chronic ailments.

He was admitted to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh on March 25 and died at 6.55pm.

"The 26th person (case 1,321) who died was a 53-year-old Malaysian man. He was a close contact of case 1,309. He was treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital from March 22 and died at 10.30am today,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

He said 54 Covid-19 positive cases are under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 34 of these cases are ventilator-dependent.

He also said that 44 patients recovered and were discharged on Friday, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 259.

Referring to the situation in Kluang, Johor, Dr Noor Hisham said 88 of the total number of positive cases are from the district.

"Up to noon today, Kluang district reported 88 Covid-19 positive cases, 74 of which are from Kampung Datuk Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Datuk Ibrahim Majid in Simpang Renggam,” he said.

On Thursday (March 26), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the enforcement of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in the two residential areas from midnight to April 9.

Dr Noor Hisham said the EMCO will enable house-to-house active case detection and disinfection of the areas.

"The Health Ministry is targeting to secure 300 test samples daily from today, with priority given to close contacts, individuals with symptoms and high-risk groups.

"The cleaning and disinfection of public places will be undertaken with the collaboration of the Housing and Local Government Ministry and Simpang Renggam district council. The residents will also be informed how best to disinfect their houses correctly,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Datuk Ibrahim Majid rural clinic will operate as usual while the emergency service will be coordinated by the Medical Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC). - Bernama

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