Recoveries exceed new cases for three days


PUTRAJAYA: For the third day in a row, Malaysia has recorded more Covid-19 recoveries than new cases.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 222 patients have recovered from the disease and were allowed to be discharged yesterday.

The latest recoveries bring the number up to 1,830 patients or a recovery rate of 42.11% of the total positive cases since the outbreak began in January.

Dr Noor Hisham said over the last 24 hours, 118 new cases were reported, bringing the accumulated cases to 4,346.

With three new deaths, the Covid-19 death toll was now at 70, which translated to 1.61% in fatality rate.

Dr Noor Hisham attributed the positive development to the effectiveness of the movement control order (MCO), which was enforced since March 18.

“Based on the current situation, we can see that the MCO has managed to help in containing the spread of the disease to a somewhat stable level.

“This can be seen from the trend in Covid-19 cases and the trajectory, which is projected from the ministry’s research, ” he said in his daily Covid-19 media briefing yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the extension of the MCO by another two weeks was crucial to help “break the chain” of infection through various measures by the ministry.

He said Malaysia has so far managed to dispel several modelling predictions by third parties such as a surge in the number of cases by mid-April.

“JP Morgan predicted that by April 14, the country’s cases would peak to about 6,900 positive patients.

“The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research too predicted between 8,000 and 9,000 cases in the next one week.

“But our own prediction is based on daily data and we try to make sure it is as accurate as possible. We have seen that the number of cases is quite stable without any exponential surge, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the number of cases was declining now and that it might have even reached the peak last week.

“This is a good sign for us, ” he said.

He also confirmed that a team of medical professionals from China would be in the country to provide a helping hand in managing the pandemic.

“They will share their experiences with us because they have been through the process of handling the disease back home, ” Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that some of their practices were unprecedented.

He pointed out that their Chinese counterparts were not going to run the medical services in Malaysia but to “share and discuss how we can improve the efficiency of our services”.

He said the ministry was looking at a possible collaboration with the Chinese medical team in conducting research on the virus.

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