Covid-19: 179 new cases, death toll now at 61 (updated)

PUTRAJAYA: Another 179 new Covid-19 cases have been reported, bringing the total to 3,662 cases as of Sunday (April 5), says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that from the new cases, 46 were linked to the tabligh gathering in Seri Petaling.

He also said 90 patients recovered, bringing the total to 1,005 cases.

The rate of Covid-19 recovery in Malaysia is 27.4% out of the total number of positive cases.

Four more deaths were recorded, which brings the number of Covid-19 deaths to 61 in the country.

"The 58th fatality (case 2,210) was a 72-year-old Malaysian man who had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure. He was a close contact of a positive case (1,031)," said Dr Noor Hisham.

"He was treated at the Sarawak General Hospital on March 27 and died at 1.37pm on April 4,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said the 59th death (case 3,484) involved a 68-year-old local man with a history of diabetes.

He was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital on March 27 and died at 3.40pm on April 4.

He said the 60th death was that of a 53-year-old Malaysian man (case 3,073) who was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital on March 31. He died at 12.39am on April 5.

"The 61st fatality (case 2,200) was a 66-year-old Malaysian man with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.

"He was admitted to the Keningau Hospital, Sabah on March 26 and died at 9.36pm on April 4,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that a total of 99 cases were being treated in the intensive care units (ICU) and 48 of those cases needed ventilators.

He added that the Health Ministry is waiting for guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on whether members of the public need to wear face masks when going out.

Dr Noor Hisham said all health workers, as well as frontliners, are advised to wear face masks when facing the public.

He said members of the public who have symptoms are also advised to wear face masks.

"We need to look into the evidence first whether the general public need to wear face masks, and we are waiting for WHO's guidelines.

"However, we have no objection for those who want to wear a face mask, particularly if you are out in the public," he said.

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