Covid-19: 54 new cases, death toll now at 108; new cluster detected at Setia Alam construction site


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia reported 54 more Covid-19 cases on Saturday (May 9), bringing the total number of Covid-19 infection cases in the country to 6,589.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said one death was reported on Saturday, bringing the total number of the deaths to 108.

The deceased was a 74-year-old Malaysian woman who had a history of autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, and thyroid disease.

She had a history of close contact with a Covid-19 positive case related to the tabligh gathering in Seri Petaling.

The woman was treated at the Melaka Hospital on March 29 but died on Friday (May 8) at 11.23pm.

Dr Noor Hisham said out of the 54, only one imported case was detected while the rest are local transmissions.

He said that out of the 53 local transmissions, three cases were detected from the clusters and localities placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO).

Dr Noor Hisham then added that 45 out of the 54 cases involved foreigners.

Malaysia also discharged 65 more patients on Saturday, which means 4,929 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia since the outbreak began.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 recovery rate is now at 74.8% out of the total number of positive cases.

There are 1,552 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities at present.

To date, Dr Noor Hisham said there are 18 patients being treated at intensive care units (ICU) with six of them needing ventilator support.

He also reported that a new cluster was detected in a construction site in Setia Alam, out of which 12 foreigners tested positive.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said there were 28 positive cases discovered from the Pedas, Rembau cluster, bringing the total number of cases for that cluster to 88.

From that cluster, 33 are Nepalis, 26 are Bangladeshis, 11 are Indonesians and 11 are from Myanmar. The cause of infection for this cluster is still under investigation.

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