Covid-19 cases edge close to 5,000 mark, five new deaths reported

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By Chew Lip Song

MALAYSIA has recorded a total of 4,987 confirmed Covid-19 cases after 170 new cases were reported today, the last day of Movement Control Order (MCO) Phase II.

On the bright side, 202 patients were discharged, bringing the total to 2,478 or a recovery rate of 49.7 per cent.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announce five new Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the tally to 82.

The new fatal cases include an unidentified man, believed to be a foreigner, whose body was found in Kota Kinabalu on Apr 6. His autopsy, conducted on Apr 11, confirmed he had contracted the virus. The death is now a police case.

There are also 60 patients in intensive care units, of whom 33 needed respiratory support.

Today is the last day of the MCO Phase II. Phase III starts tomorrow until Apr 28. The country has been on a partial lockdown since March 18.

Dr Noor Hisham also revealed that the personal protective equipment (PPE) used by frontliners were running short, which was a global phenomenon.

For example, he said the medical jumpsuit / protective coverall could only last for another 19 days; the disposable fluid resistant apron (long sleeves with cuff) another 23 days while disposable face shield for another 25 days only.

These items were being purchased and their usage closely monitored.

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