Health Ministry: 17 more deaths for 1,591 total


PUTRAJAYA: Another 17 people in the country died of Covid-19, taking Malaysia's death toll up to 1,591. Read more here: Covid-19: 3,744 new cases, 17 fatalities bring death toll to 1,591

In his daily Covid-19 updates on Wednesday (May 5), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the deaths involved those aged to 42 and 84.

"Nine of the deaths were in Selangor, two each in Sarawak, Perak and Johor and one each in Kelantan and Negri Sembilan.

"All the victims were Malaysians. The Health Ministry expresses its condolences to their family members," said Dr Noor Hisham.

Most of the deceased had underlying conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

There were two cases where victims were declared as "dead on arrival".

One was a 68-year-old woman at Hospital Sungai Buloh. She had diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.

Another was an 82-year-old woman at Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Najihah in Kuala Pilah. She had diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.

There are currently 328 patients being treated at intensive care units (ICU) nationwide with 185 requiring ventilator support.

Another 2,304 patients were discharged on Wednesday, taking the total recoveries to 389,846, a 91.86% recovery rate.

Malaysia's cumulative number of Covid-19 infections is now 424,376, after the country registered 3,744 more cases on Wednesday.

Selangor had 41.3% of the country's new cases, reporting 1,548 infections.

"Of Selangor's total, 67.9% (1,051 cases) were uncovered from clusters and contact tracing activities," said Dr Noor Hisham.

Two are import cases.

The remaining 495 are sporadic cases uncovered from other Covid-19 screening activities.

Kelantan recorded the second highest figure out of all states with 480 new cases, followed by Sarawak with 419.

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