THESE were figures which came to light by noon Saturday and Ministry of Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the single fatality was that of a 61-year-old Malaysian.
“He had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure. He was admitted to the Tangkak hospital on March 24, and then transferred to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar the next day, and died on March 28 at 10.50 am,” he was quoted by Bernama.
Sixty-one patients have recovered and allowed to return home, bringing the total number of full recovery and discharged cases to 320.
To date, there are 73 patients in intensive care units, with 54 of them requiring respiratory equipment aid.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham once again stressed that Malaysians who return from abroad would be required to undergo a medical examination and a 14-day self-quarantine.
This, he said, was because a number of COVID-19 cases of late were linked to Malaysians who had just returned home from overseas.
“The MOH views the issue of compliance very seriously. Every level in society must play their part responsibly and compliance is critical in preventing widespread infection,” he added.
In neighbouring Thailand, 109 new Covid-19 cases were reported and a single fatality recorded, bringing tally to 1,245 and six deaths.
Forty-nine new cases of the infection were reported in Singapore, with a tally of 732 of which 183 have recovered.
Brunei recorded its first fatality on Saturday following the demise of a 64-year-old man. So far, Brunei has 115 cases of the virus.
In Indonesia, an additional 15 deaths were reported taking the death toll to 102, reportedly the highest in Southeast Asia.
Health officials there said 109 new cases were detected raising the tally to 1,155.
In Philippines, 272 new cases of the pandemic virus were recorded. This was the largest single-day increase since the outbreak began taking the country’s total to 1,075.
Fourteen more patients have died from Covid-19. The death toll is now at 68. ty
Covid-19 has killed more than 27,000 people and over 600,000 people infected worldwide
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe scaled to over 600,000 on Saturday, and this figure is not expected to decrease any time soon.
Figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University showed the pandemic had spread to 177 countries.
A total of 27,862 people have died as confirmed cases hit 601,478, while 131,777 people diagnosed with the virus have recovered from the disease.