KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — Health authorities reported that a 30-year-old Malaysian man from Rompin, Pahang, was found after his death to be infected with Covid-19, among two new fatalities reported today.
The cause of the infection has yet to be identified and is still under investigation.
The second death involved a 90-year-old man from Johor with a background of high blood pressure and chronic respiratory disease.
Malaysia today recorded 37 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 6,779.
This includes four imported cases and 33 local transmission cases.
Of the 37 new infections, 21 cases involved foreigners. A total of 58 patients were discharged today, bringing the total number of recovered patients from Covid-19 to 5281.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also reported that 1,410 Covid-19 patients are receiving treatment. Among them, 16 patients are placed in the intensive care units (ICU), while 4 are on ventilator support.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) also announced that the rate of increase in cases has dropped noticeably, although the number of cumulative cases is still increasing. The decrease in the number of daily reported cases caused the number of active infectious cases to decrease.
This indicates the success of precautionary measures taken so far to flatten the Covid-19 epidemiological curve in Malaysia, said the Health DG.
The Movement Control Order, which began last March 18 and was extended to four phases, as well as the subsequent Conditional Movement Control Order have paved the way for the government to implement various public health activities and measures to contain Covid-19 transmission.
International border control movements, screening and individual sampling, case detection, active case detection measures and targeted testing of high-risk groups are some of the key measures taken by the government to control the prevalence of the virus.