Covid-19 update: 71 new cases, 90 recoveries, 2 new deaths for 95 total fatalities


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia reported 71 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Apr 23), making it a whole week of double-digits in the country’s daily new infections.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 5,603, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced at the Health Ministry’s daily Covid-19 media briefing on Thursday evening (April 23).

Malaysia also discharged 90 more patients during the same 24-hour span, meaning there are only 1,966 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities at present.

So far, 3,542 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 recovery rate is now at 63.2% out of the total number of positive cases.

There are currently 42 patients being treated at intensive care units (ICU) – one less than the day before. Out of the total, 21 are on ventilator support.

Dr Hisham also announced two new Covid-19 fatalities in the country, taking Malaysia’s death toll to 95.

On the new death cases, he said the 94th fatality was a 32-year-old healthcare worker who had a history of high blood pressure.

She had been identified as a close contact of a Covid-19 patient from the Muar specialist hospital cluster.

She had been receiving treatment at Hospital Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom, Johor since April 6 and passed away at 12.36am on April 23.

The 95th death case is a 67-year-old man with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems.

He was a close contact of a Covid-19 patient in the Kuantan “Bali” cluster.

He had been treated at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan since April 8 and passed away at 11.48pm on April 22.

Malaysia is currently in its 37th day of the movement control order (MCO), with people instructed to stay at home and movement and business operations are heavily restricted.

The MCO, already in its third phase, is scheduled to end on April 28 barring any further extensions by the government.

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