PUTRAJAYA: Three more people in Malaysia have succumbed to the coronavirus, taking the country’s Covid-19 death toll up to 1,389.
Read more here: Covid-19: 2,341 new cases, sixth consecutive day above 2,000 mark
In his daily Covid-19 updates, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the deaths involved two Malaysians and one foreign citizen.
"The ministry expresses its condolences to the family members," said Dr Noor Hisham.
The two Malaysians were a 75-year-old man who died at Hospital Sarikei in Sarawak, and a 71-year-old man at Hospital Sungai Buloh, Selangor.
Both had underlying conditions such as hypertension, dyslipidemia and chronic kidney disease.
The non-Malaysian was a 65-year-old woman who died at Hospital Tawau in Sabah. She did not have a history of comorbidities.
Active cases continued to rise, with the country’s latest figures standing at 21,268.
Currently, there are 249 patients under intensive care, with 95 of them requiring ventilator support.
Another 1,592 patients have been discharged from treatment, which means 356,816 people in the country have recovered from Covid-19.
Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 cases is now 379,473 after 2,341 new infections were recorded on Tuesday (April 20).
Sarawak recorded the highest increase with 600 new cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said 90% of Sarawak’s cases were uncovered from clusters and contact tracing activities.
Four other states recorded three-digit increases - Selangor (539 cases), Kelantan (429), Kuala Lumpur (344) and Johor (102).
This is the sixth consecutive day that the country’s new cases remained above the 2,000 mark.