PUTRAJAYA: Another 23 people died from Covid-19 on Tuesday (May 4), taking the country’s total number of fatalities to 1,574.
In his daily Covid-19 update, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said all the casualties were Malaysians, and they were aged between 37 and 85.
“Of the 23 death cases, six were in Kelantan and Selangor; four in Sarawak; two each in Johor and Sabah; and one each in Kedah, Perak and Melaka. The Health Ministry expresses its condolences to the family members, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
All of the deceased have underlying conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Two death cases were classified as “dead on arrival”.
One was a 66-year-old man who was brought in dead at the Tawau Hospital. He had a history of high blood pressure.
Another was an 85-year-old woman at Hospital Melaka. She had diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.
The number of patients under intensive care treatment is currently at 338. Of that total, 181 require ventilator support.
In the same 24-hour span, 2,334 patients were discharged from treatment - bringing the total number of recoveries to 387,542.
The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is now 420,632 after 3,120 new infections were registered.
There were six imported cases, while the rest are local transmissions.
Selangor recorded the highest rise out of all states with 675 new cases, which is 21.6% of the country’s total.
Dr Noor Hisham said 73% of Selangor’s cases are those from clusters and close contacts of Covid-19 patients.
The rest, about 182 cases, are sporadic and have been detected from various screening activities.