Covid-19: Six more deaths, 140 new cases but 58 recoveries

John Bunyan

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya March 30, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced six new deaths from Covid-19 in Malaysia today.

He said total deaths from the coronavirus locally were now at 43.

“A total of 140 new cases were reported, bringing the total case to 2,767,” he said in a press conference this evening.

Dr Noor Hisham said 58 patients have recovered and discharged today.

“At the moment, a total of 537 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospitals,” he said.

He disclosed that 94 Covid-19 patients were under intensive care, with 60 requiring ventilators.

Dr Noor Hisham said the six deaths involved five Malaysians and an Indonesian.

“The Malaysians were aged between 48 and 81 and had histories of various illnesses. Meanwhile, Indonesian was 41,” he said.

He said case numbers fluctuated during the first phase of the movement control order but rose in general.

Dr Noor Hisham cautioned that the next two weeks of the MCO were critical in determining if Malaysia could effectively suppress Covid-19 infections in the country.

“This is also related to the behaviour of the public in complying to the MCO,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said those who need counselling throughout the MCO period may call the ministry’s virtual health advisory line from 8.30am to 5.30pm daily.

Alternatively, they may join the Health Ministry’s daily Facebook Live sessions from 10am to 10.30am and DoctorOnCall’s sessions from 3pm to 3.30pm held from Monday to Friday.

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