Two new Covid-19 deaths today – linked to Muar & Bali clusters

By John Isaac

A TOTAL 71 new Covid-19 cases were reported today bringing it to 5,603 nationwide, while the number of patients discharged rose to 3,452 (63.2%).

Health director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 90 patients recovered and were discharged today.

“We have 42 positive cases being treated at the ICU while 21 are using ventilators,” he said.

Total number of deaths rose to 95 (1.70%) with two new deaths as of noon today.

The 94th death (Case 3,871) was a 32-yer-old woman with a history of high blood pressure. She was in close contact with Covid-19 patient Case 3,662 who is linked to the Muar cluster.

She was admitted to the Johor Hospital on April 6 and died at 12.36am today.

The 95th death (Case 4,129) was a 67-year-old man with a history of diabetes and high blood pressure.

He was in contact with Case 1,575 who is linked to the PUI cluster in Bali.

He was admitted to the Pahang Hospital on April 8 and died at 11.48pm yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said a total 325 health ministry staff were positive for Covid-19.

From this, he said 185 have recovered and discharged, 137 being treated, while there were three deaths.

He said among those infected were 77 medical officers, 66 nurses, 23 specialists and others.

“Investigations revealed that all those infected were not from treating positive Covid-19 patients.

“About 70 per cent were infected due to personal reasons like attending events and travelling abroad,” he added.