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Covid-19: 17 new cases, 73 recoveries, 1 death
Published:  May 16, 2020 8:56 AM
Updated: 9:25 AM

CORONAVIRUS | New Covid-19 infections dropped to below 20 for the second time this week, with 17 cases as of noon today.

Meanwhile, there were 73 recoveries, bringing the total recoveries to 5,512.

Overall there have been a total of 6,872 cases, with 1,247 active cases at the moment.

Of the 17 new cases, 11 were local infections with five cases involving migrants.

There was one new case each from the Kuala Lumpur construction workers and the Cheras security guards clusters.

Noor Hisham said that 26,000 migrant workers have been tested for Covid-19, of which there were 1,302 positives. 

A total of 464 migrant cases are still active.

One new death was reported bringing the death toll to 113.

The new death was Patient 6,856, a 53-year-old Malaysian woman who had late-stage lung cancer, and hypertension.

The woman, who was a ministry health worker in Sabah, had been on leave for palliative care and was warded on May 5 due to declining health.

She then tested positive for Covid-19 and had died on May 7.

Noor Hisham, however, said the cause of death was due to cancer.

This he said, had started a discussion on whether Covid-19 patients who did not die from the virus - such as from cancer or suicide - should be classified as a Covid-19 death as they are now.

* Additional reporting by Faisal Asyraf


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