12 deaths in a single day

PETALING JAYA: The country’s Covid-19 death toll hit a new high with 12 new fatalities in a single day.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said all the deaths were recorded in Sabah and the victims were aged between 14 and 82.

“The 14-year-old was a foreigner with a history of tuberculosis, meningitis and hydrocephalus.

“His pre-existing conditions aggravated the complications. He could have died either from tuberculosis or Covid-19, ” he said.

The teenager died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.

On Oct 23,10 people died in the country’s third wave of the pandemic, the highest at that time.

Of the total fatalities then, eight were in Sabah and one each in Kedah and Labuan.

The latest deaths have brought the number of victims to 263 nationwide.

Yesterday also saw 1,054 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the number to 34,939.

As of now, there were 10,135 active cases, Dr Noor Hisham said.

He also said Sabah continued to be the state with the most number of cases with 678 new infections reported there.

“A total of 310 cases were from clusters in prisons and detention centres, 150 cases in the Klang Valley and another 81 cases in Labuan.

“There were also 14 imported cases involving three Malaysians and 11 foreigners who returned from South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, China, Hong Kong, Nepal, Britain and the Maldives.

“Currently, 94 patients are being treated at intensive care units with 32 requiring ventilators, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said 875 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 23,995.

On another matter, he said they would propose periodic screenings for MPs and Parliament staff to curb infections there.

“We will propose to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, to have screenings done every two weeks instead of three days before the meeting begins.

“MPs and other workers risk exposure to Covid-19 in the six weeks that they are in Parliament, so I hope the proposal will be considered, ” he said, reminding those that need to be in Parliament to get tested before they attend meetings.

He said they might also consider adding a new “orange” alert level to improve pre-emptive measures to stop Covid-19 infections from rising.

“An orange alert will be for areas having between 21 and 40 new infections a day.

“We may consider steps like tightening the conditional movement control order measures, ” he added.

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