18 fatalities mark deadly milestone


PUTRAJAYA: A deadly milestone was reached when 18 Covid-19-related deaths were recorded in a single day.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the deceased, including a foreigner, were aged between 32 and 88.

“The 18 deaths due to Covid-19 reported today is a record number within a 24-hour span. This brings the country’s death toll up to 660 cases.

“The Health Ministry extends its condolences to the family members, ” Dr Noor Hisham said.

Selangor had the most number of deaths with nine followed by Sabah with three, two each in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak, and one each in Johor and Penang.

Those who succumbed were suffering from co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.

Four of the fatalities – two at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang, and one each at Hospital Kinabatangan in Sabah and Hospital Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor – were deaths on arrival.

In the same 24-hour period, Malaysia recorded 3,631 new Covid-19 cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country since the start of the pandemic rose to 176,180.

Malaysia also discharged 2,554 patients, bringing the number of Covid-19 recoveries in the country up to 132,706.

There are currently 42,814 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated in the country’s hospitals and quarantine centres.

Of that total, 251 patients are in intensive care, with 102 on ventilator support.

The Health Ministry has also identified 12 new Covid-19 clusters, out of which seven are linked to various workplaces.

Meanwhile, the ministry has established 213 Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) nationwide that will help manage Covid-19 patients who are undergoing home treatment.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said in a separate statement that the CAC would help identify patients suited to undergo home treatment.

“Generally, a district has at least one CAC. Some may have two or more CACs depending on the number of patients being managed.

“CAC staff will monitor and evaluate the progress of the patients under home treatment using the Home Assessment Tool.

“Patients whose houses are not suitable for home treatment are to be referred to the ministry’s Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre and hospitals, ” he said.

Out of the 218 CACs established, 40 are in Sarawak; 30 in Penang; 25 in Sabah; 19 in Selangor; 14 in Kelantan; 13 in Terengganu; 11 each in Perlis, Kedah, Perak and Pahang; 10 in Johor; seven in Negri Sembilan; five each in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya; and one in Labuan.

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