Covid-19 is generally a mild disease in children, including infants. However, a small proportion may develop severe disease requiring ICU admission and prolonged ventilation. Fatal outcome is overall rare.
Although Anwar Ibrahim claims Malaysia has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths globally at 36,000, official figures show that Malaysia has the 29th highest toll. Per capita, Malaysia’s Covid death rate is highest in Asean and among the highest in Asia.
Covid-19 overtook heart disease as Malaysia’s principal cause of death in 2021 and was the leading cause of maternal death (57%) and people aged 15 to 40 years (21%); a bigger percentage of adults aged below 60 died from Covid than senior citizens.