Highest number of recoveries per day

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded the highest number of Covid-19 recoveries in a single day, with 236 patients discharged yesterday.

This brings the cumulative total of patients who have recovered from the disease to 1,241.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country’s recovery rate now stood at 32.7% out of the total number of confirmed cases.

He said there were 131 new cases reported yesterday, compared to 179 cases on Sunday.

He also announced one new death – a 67-year-old Malaysian man – who was treated at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu since March 29.

“The patient had close contact with several Covid-19 patients who attended the tabligh gathering in Sri Petaling.

“He has a history of diabetes and high blood pressure, and died at 10.22am on April 5,” he said at the ministry’s daily Covid-19 briefing.

The country’s death toll now stands at 62.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry had identified two large clusters, involving a church gathering and a wedding ceremony, prior to the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).

The church gathering which occurred in Kuching, Sarawak, from Feb 26-28, saw a total of 83 people testing positive.

There were two deaths from this cluster, including the 60-year-old pastor, who died on March 17, and was one of the country’s first fatalities.

Dr Noor Hisham said currently, 50 cases were being treated at hospital while 25 were being monitored at quarantine centres.

Only one patient from the Kuching church cluster has been discharged so far.

On the wedding cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said the event at Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, on March 6 saw a total of 88 confirmed cases.

“One of the cases is being treated at the intensive care unit. As of now, there are no deaths from this cluster. Both clusters involved at least five generations of infections,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham urged the people not to stigmatise infected patients from both clusters.

“It is important that we trace,

treat the disease from them, their family members and close contacts,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that 25,020 Malaysian flight passengers, who have returned from overseas so far, had been tested.

“Out of this, 18 people have shown symptoms such as fever. We have isolated them at hospitals. The rest have been placed at the quarantine centres,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Armed Forces had beefed up security at the country’s borders, including with neighbouring Indonesia which had declared a state of emergency.

“This issue was brought up at the National Security Council meeting recently. The Armed Forces have been strengthening the border for the past one week, including at airports and other entry points,” he said.
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