PUTRAJAYA: Eight more people have succumbed to Covid-19 in Malaysia on Friday (April 23).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said this brings the country’s Covid-19 death toll up to 1,415.
“Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur have two deaths each. All but one are Malaysian citizens. The ministry expresses its condolences to the family members, ” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily Covid-19 updates.
He added that three of the deaths – one each at Hospital Tawau, Hospital Machang and the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan - were classified as “dead on arrival”.
Currently, there are 260 patients under intensive care, with 125 requiring ventilator support.
The number of active cases has now gone up to 22,512, and the total confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country is now 387,535, after another 2,847 cases were registered on Friday.
More than half of the country’s new cases were in Selangor and Sarawak, with both recording more than 700 cases each.
“Selangor recorded the highest daily figure with 748 cases or 26.3% of the country’s cases. At least 80.5% of the cases in the state were uncovered from clusters and contact tracing activities, ” said Dr Noor Hisham
This is followed by Sarawak with 717 cases or 25.2%, and Kelantan with 476 cases (16.7%), ” he added.
There were four imported cases, while the rest are local transmissions.
Of the local cases, 2,601 are Malaysians (91.5%) while 242 (8.5%) are foreign nationals.
There were 2,341 patients who had been discharged from treatment.