PUTRAJAYA: Another 13 individuals have succumbed to Covid-19 in the country, bringing Malaysia’s death toll up to 1,462.
In his daily Covid-19 updates on Tuesday (April 27), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the death cases involved 12 Malaysians and one foreigner, all aged between 23 and 83.
“Out of the 13 deaths, three were in Sarawak, two each in Selangor, Kelantan, Johor and Negri Sembilan, and one each in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
“The ministry expresses its condolences to the family members,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
A majority of the death cases involved those with underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and dyslipidemia.
Two cases have been declared as “dead on arrival” - involving a 62-year-old Malaysian who died at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz in Cheras, and a 23-year-old foreigner at the Selayang Hospital.
The 62-year-old had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.
The 23-year-old foreigner did not have any listed underlying conditions.
At present, there are 294 patients being treated in the intensive care units (ICU) throughout the country. Of that total, 138 require the support of ventilators.
Nationwide, there are now 25,414 active Covid-19 cases.
Another 2,019 patients have been discharged in the country on Tuesday.
This takes Malaysia’s total recoveries to 371,575 - which translates to a recovery rate of 93.5%.
Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 total is now 398,451, after the country registered another 2,733 new cases on Tuesday.
Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor had 27.4% of the country’s cases, after recording 750 new infections.
“Of Selangor’s total 750 cases, 75.7% are those uncovered from clusters and contact tracing activities,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
The remaining cases were sporadic cases traced from various screening activities.
Five other states also reported three-digit cases - Kelantan with 484 cases, Sarawak (432), Kuala Lumpur (377), Johor (220) and Penang (115).
There are five imported cases, while the rest are local transmissions.
Of the local cases, 2,481 are Malaysian citizens while 247 are foreigners.