Fatalities rise to 121 after migrant’s death

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  • Monday, 15 Jun 2020

PUTRAJAYA: A 67-year-old Indian national who was found unconscious at the Bukit Jalil immigration depot was rushed to hospital where he died on Friday and was subsequently found to be Covid-19 positive.

This detainee’s death meant that there were now 121 fatalities from the disease, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“The Covid-19 test turned out positive and the full post-mortem results are still under way, ” he said.

The deceased, he said, had a history of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and kidney issues.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded eight new infections yesterday. Two of them are imported cases involving permanent residents travelling from Pakistan.

Of the six cases involving local transmission, two are Malaysians. One was detected in Bintulu, Sarawak, after displaying influenza-like illness while the other was discovered during a screening at an old folks home in Melaka Tengah.

The other four cases involved non-citizens from a construction site cluster in Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Noor Hisham said these eight new infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 8,453.

He also noted that 35 patients had recovered and were discharged yesterday. There were now 986 active cases in the country, he said.

“This is the first time that the country has fewer than 1,000 active cases, the last one being on March 20, ” he said.

As of yesterday, a total of 7,346 people had recovered, accounting for almost 87% of the total number of cases in the country.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that returnees from overseas who were self-isolating at home should be mindful of their family members during their 14-day quarantine period, and they are advised to confine themselves in their room.

He said only returnees who tested negative during the initial screening were allowed to quarantine at home.

“If they have symptoms during the quarantine, they can inform us and we will come over and test them, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that asymptomatic patients in Malaysia would be quarantined at hospital, unlike the practice in some countries where those who were asymptomatic or just experiencing mild symptoms would be asked to self-isolate at home.

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