Covid-19: 159 new cases reported, death toll at 27

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  • Saturday, 28 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Another 159 new Covid-19 cases have been reported, bringing the total in the country to 2,320 cases as of noon Saturday (March 28), says the Health director general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

There was also one new reported death due to the disease, bringing the tally to 27 deaths or a death rate of 1.1%.

The latest death was that of a 61-year-old Malaysian man who had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure.

In the press conference, Dr Hisham said there were 61 recovered Covid-19 patients who were discharged, bringing the total to 320 cases or a recovery rate of 13.8%.

Dr Hisham said that a total of 73 cases were being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 54 of those cases needed ventilators.

He also said those who had just come back from overseas would be required to undergo health screening and self-quarantine themselves for 14 days.

“A number of Covid-19 cases involving Malaysians who just returned from overseas have been recorded recently. Therefore, we view seriously the compliance of Malaysians in heeding the advice that has been issued.

“Every layer of society has to play their role responsibly. Adherence to this is very important to prevent the widespread infection of the disease in society.

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