New Covid-19 cases plunge to 85, recovery rate now up to 52pc

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah giving a press conference on Covid-19 in MOH , Putrajaya. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah giving a press conference on Covid-19 in MOH , Putrajaya. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — New coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections have fallen to the lowest since March 14, with just 85 more cases reported today.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his daily press briefing said this brings the total Covid-19 cases to 5,072.

The last time Malaysia reported new cases in the double digits was on March 14, when 35 positive Covid-19 cases were recorded,

Dr Noor Hisham also reported one new death, bringing the toll death to 83.

“The latest death was a 69-year-old man with a history of diabetes and high blood pressure,” he said, adding that the victim had been treated at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) since March 21 but died at 5.41am today.

He also said 169 more patients have recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 2,647 people.

He added that this shows a recovery rate or 52.2 per cent, the first time more than half of the infected people have recovered.

The number of patients needing intensive care units was 56, of which 32 required respiratory support.

Dr Noor Hisham also pointed out that the movement control order (MCO) is beginning to show positive results.

“After almost a month after the implementation of two phases of the MCO, we can see that the trend of new Covid-19 cases to be somewhat under control. The number of patients being discharged is also increasing by the day.

“These are encouraging outcomes from the implementation of the MCO,” he added.

Malaysia is in its third phase of the MCO, which is set to end on April 28.

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