PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry today announced that there are 172 new cases that were found positive with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), making the total number of positive cases at 1,796, as of 12pm today.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said based on preliminary investigations, out of the 172 new cases, 71 of them came from the tabligh gathering that happened at the Sri Petaling mosque, from Feb 27 to March 1.
“There are also now 45 cases in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 34 of them requiring ventilators,“ he said in a press conference today.
However, he also said 16 cases have since recovered and have been discharged from the hospital, making the total number of cases that have been discharged and recovered from Covid-19 at 199.
Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said there were four deaths that occurred today, which raises the death toll to 19.
The 16th death is a 75-year-old man who had a history of chronic illness. He was treated at Hospital Angkatan Tentera Tuanku Mizan on March 16 before being moved to Hospital Kuala Lumpur on March 18. His health deteriorated and he was provided ventilation at the ICU before he was pronounced dead on March 24, 7.40pm.
The 17th death is a 66-year-old man who had a history of chronic illness and was suspected to be in close contact with a positive Covid-19 case. He was treated at Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah, Johor on March 20. His health deteriorated and he was given ventilation at the ICU before he was pronounced dead on March 25, 4.10am.
The 18th death is a 56-year-old man who also had a chronic illness background. He was treated at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor on March 20. He was pronounced dead at March 23, 2am.
The 19th death is a 68-year-old woman. She was treated at Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail, Johor on March 19. Her health deteriorated and she was given ventilation at the ICU before she was pronounced dead on March 25, 12.53am
Noor Hisham also said the 73 Health Ministry staff who have been infected with Covid-19 were not ill due to their handling of Covid-19 cases, but were because they had been in close contact with those who attended the tabligh gathering and also attended wedding ceremonies on March 6 in Bangi and March 7 in Putrajaya.
He added that the 1,895 Health Ministry staff that handles Covid-19 cases have gone through Covid-19 screenings, at which 1187 were found negative, and 708 are still awaiting results from the lab.