75% of Covid-19 deaths had comorbidities


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: About 75% of Covid-19 death cases in Malaysia had other health conditions, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said out of the 65 fatal cases in Malaysia, 75% of them had comorbidities.

Comorbidity means the person had more than one disease or condition at the same time.

“In terms of comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease or cardiovascular disease, the percentage (of death cases) is about 75%.

“Their symptoms would be worse compared to a person who does not have comorbidities,” he said in a press conference in Putrajaya on Wednesday (April 8).

He added that 60% of the deaths in Malaysia so far were of patients aged 60 years and above.

About 30% of the deaths, he added, were linked to the Sri Petaling cluster.

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