Covid-19 death toll now 23, more than 2,000 infections in total

Hariz Mohd

Modified 26 Mar 2020, 10:09 am

CORONAVIRUS | The death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic has risen to 23, while 235 new infections have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 2,031.

Of the 235 new infections, 60 are from the tabligh cluster while the source of infection for the remaining 175 is still being investigated.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (above) announced that the 22nd death was "Patient 1797", a 48-year-old-man with a history of chronic illness.

He was warded at the Kluang Hospital where he died on March 23 at 8pm. He was from the tabligh cluster.

The 23rd death was "Patient 1840", a 62-year-old man from Kajang also with a history of chronic illness.

He was treated at the Ipoh Hospital and died at 12.37pm yesterday. His source of infection is still being investigated.

The casualties announced by Noor Hisham include "Patient 780" who died last night and "Patient 1,588" who died this morning.

Forty-five patients remain in ICU, with 32 requiring breathing assistance.

Meanwhile, 16 patients have been cured, bringing the total number of recoveries to 215.

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