KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported another 156 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Apr 8), pushing the total past 4,000.
The total number of cases had gone past 3,000 last Thursday. With 4,119 infections now, Malaysia is still the worst-hit country in Southeast Asia.
Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the country had two more deaths, taking the death toll to 65.
In addition, 166 more patients have recovered and were discharged.
One of the two people who died was a 58-year-old Malaysian woman who had been warded at Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban. The other was a 69-year-old Pakistani man, who was at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Both patients had suffered from other ailments, such as diabetes and hypertension in the case of the former, according to Dr Noor Hisham. Advertisement
The Pakistani man also had a history of attending the mass religious gathering at Sri Petaling, which is linked to 1,682 cases in the country.
The director-general added that 154 foreign nationals had been infected so far.
A new COVID-19 sub-cluster was also discovered in Rembau, in the state of Negeri Sembilan, linked to the Sri Petaling event.
One of the participants of this Muslim gathering had later attended a school meeting in Rembau. Twenty-seven people have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus, with two undergoing intensive care.
“Investigations showed that there were visits to the homes of relatives who were unwell, even though the country is now under a movement control order (MCO),” said Dr Noor Hisham.