Malaysia

8 new Covid-19 cases, with 1 death reported

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry today announced eight new Covid-19 cases, with one death, raising the total number of deaths to 122.

This brings the infection tally to 8,704, with 67 active cases still receiving treatment as of noon today.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced that four recoveries were recorded over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 8,515, or 97.8 % of the total number of infections.

Out of the eight new cases, four were imported cases. Two infections were within Malaysians, with one in Sabah and the other in Sarawak, and the remaining two recorded within foreigners. The two foreigners were from the Sepang detention depot.

Three patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), with two more in need of respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said the patient who died was a 72-year-old Malaysian who had high blood pressure and was also suffering from diabetes.

“He had sought traditional treatment several times from July 3 before being admitted to a private hospital on July 9,” he said.

“He was then shifted to Sarawak General Hospital after he was suspected of being infected with the virus,” he said.

The patient was admitted to ICU after he was tested positive for Covid-19.

Noor Hisham said government hospitals take samples before carrying out any surgery so that precautions can be taken before the surgery.

Until July 10, 60,952 pre surgery checks had been carried out, with 21 or 0.03% coming back positive.

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