Covid-19: 69 new cases, death toll now at 86

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Apr 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 69 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (April 17), taking the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 5,251.

This is the second time this week that the country has recorded only double-digit figures of new cases in a 24-hour span.

At the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced that Malaysia discharged 201 more patients as of noon Friday.

So far, 2,967 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began, which means there are only 2,198 active cases currently treated at the country’s health facilities.

The rate of Covid-19 recovery in Malaysia is 56.5% out of the total number of positive cases.

Currently, 51 patients are being treated at intensive care units (ICU), with 26 of them requiring the use of ventilators.

The country also reported two new deaths, which brings the Covid-19 death toll to 86 cases.

This translates to a fatality rate of 1.64% out of the total number of cases.

On the deaths, Dr Noor Hisham said the 85th fatality is an 85-year-old Malaysian man.

He is a close contact of a Covid-19 positive patient from the Kuantan “Bali” cluster.

He had been treated at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan Kuantan and was pronounced dead at 3.30pm on April 16.

The 86th death case is a 85-year-old Malaysian man who had a history of stroke and high blood pressure.

He had been treated at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and was pronounced dead on April 16.

Malaysia is in its 31st day of the movement control order (MCO) as people are instructed to stay at home and their movement is heavily restricted.

The MCO is scheduled to end on April 28.

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