Putrajaya – Another 59 people in Malaysia have succumbed to Covid-19, taking the country’s death toll to 2,099, according to the Health Ministry.
This figure overtook the previous record of 47 deaths which was logged two days ago (May 18).
In his daily Covid-19 update on Thursday (May 20), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Johor reported the most number of deaths with 14 fatalities.
The other deaths were reported in Selangor (10 cases), Kuala Lumpur (eight), Kelantan (six), Negri Sembilan (four), Melaka (four), Kedah (three), Perak (three), Terengganu (three), Sarawak (two), Sabah (one) and Penang (one).
The deceased were aged between 37 and 91. There were 17 of them who are below 60. All but one person were Malaysians.
There were seven cases that have been classified as “brought in dead” and they were reported at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (two cases), Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Cheras (two cases), Hospital Alor Gajah (one case), Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah Kuala Terengganu (one case) and Hospital Serdang (one case).
Currently, there are 587 people treated in intensive care units (ICU), with 330 on ventilator support.
Nationwide, there are now 50,171 active cases.
In the same 24-hour span, 3,916 were discharged from treatment, which takes the country’s total number of recoveries to 440,032.
Malaysia’s cumulative number of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic is now 492,302, after a record-breaking number of 6,806 daily cases was registered on Thursday.
About 33% of the country’s cases were in Selangor, which reported 2,277 new infections.
Another three states have more than 600 cases – Kuala Lumpur with 655, Johor with 615 and Sarawak with 608. – The Star