PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has recorded its highest number of Covid 19 recoveries in a day, with 91 patients discharged on Monday (March 30).
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cumulative total Covid-19 patients who have recovered is 479.
“This is 18.2% of the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at a press conference here.
Dr Noor Hisham also announced 156 new confirmed cases, bringing the country’s tally to 2,626 cases.
He said 94 patients are currently being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with 62 of them requiring ventilators to breathe.
He also announced that three more patients died in the past 24 hours, which brings the total of Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia to 37.
Dr Noor Hisham said that the 35th death (Patient 1952) is a woman aged 57 with a history of diabetes. She had a travelling history to Indonesia. She was treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital and passed away at 4pm on March 29.
He added that the 36th death (Patient 1941) is a 47-year-old man who was treated at the Sarawak General Hospital and passed away at 8.10am on March 30.
Dr Noor Hisham then said that that the 37th death is a 46-year-old woman with a history of high blood and autoimmune disease. She was treated at Miri Hospital and passed away at 9.02am on March 30.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry has increased its bed capacity for Covid-19 treatment at hospitals to 3,994 beds.
“We are planning to add more beds by turning our ministry’s training institutes (ILKKM) into quarantine and treatment centres, which would increase our capacity by 1,937 beds.
“The Malaysian Agro Exposition Park in Serdang (Maeps) has also been identified, and could provide up to 600 more beds, ” he said.
He added there are now 70 hospitals nationwide with Covid-19 screening facilities, up from 57 before this.
With the addition of Armed Forces facilities and the Universiti Malaysia Medical Centre, the number of hospitals that can treat Covid-19 has increased to 38 from 26.
“Seven of these hospitals are solely for treating Covid-19 patients, ” he said.