By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah recorded another five new cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 206.
It was a slight increase compared to yesterday when four new cases were reported.
Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing Datuk Frankie Poon posted the figures on his Facebook account.
Meanwhile, six Covid-19 deaths were reported in Malaysia today bringing the tally to 43.
With 140 new cases, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country now stands at 2,766, including 537 that have recovered.
There are 94 patients currently in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 60 on ventilatory support.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 38th death was that of a Malaysian woman aged 48 years with a history of high blood pressure who was also a close contact to Case 2,750.
“She was admitted to Tuanku Jaafar Hospital, Negeri Sembilan on March 25 and pronounced dead on March 30 at 4.04pm,” he said in a statement on Covid-19 developments, today.
The 39th death was a Malaysian man aged 69 years with a history of diabetes and high-blood pressure.
“He had a travel history to Saudi Arabia. He died on March 27 at his residence and was then brought to Kuala Lumpur Hospital.”
The 40th death involved a 69-year-old Malaysian man with a history of diabetes and high-blood pressure.
“He was warded at Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital, Johor and passed away on March 26 at 1.03pm.”
The 41st death was an Indonesian man aged 40 years who was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital on March 20.
The man was pronounced dead at 1.38am today.
The 42nd victim had a history of diabetes and heart problems and was admitted to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.
The 81-year-old Malaysian man was pronounced dead at 7.09am today.
The 43rd death involved a 73-year-old Malaysian man who had a history of diabetes and heart problems.
“He was admitted to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital Klang on March 29 and passed away the next day at 4.30pm,” he said.
Meanwhile, a total of 58 patients have been discharged, bringing the cumulative number of recovered cases to 537, or 19.4 per cent.
As of today, 94 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 60 of them needing ventilatory aid.
“The number of daily cases continues to increase but is stagnant sometimes, while the number of patients recovered and discharged from the ward is increasing daily.
“This data shows the impact of activities undertaken by the Ministry of Health and various agencies over the last one month,” he said.
He also noted that there are two age groups with the highest Covid-19 positive cases compared to the other age groups. The two groups are between 26 and 30 years old and 56 to 60 years old.
“The next two weeks are crucial, as it will determine whether the actions taken by the government so far have the desired impact. This is in fact closely related to the behavior of the people in complying with the movement control order (MCO),” Noor Hisham stated.