As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to kill thousands on a daily basis in the West, Malaysia has been recording a remarkably low fatality rate
In fact, with a reported 1.58%, the fatality rate in the country is among the lowest in the world.
While the daily death tolls in about a dozen countries in Europe and in the US have been in the hundreds or even thousands, in Malaysia the number of daily death hasn't touched a two-digit count.
The most number of death recorded in a day in the country so far stands at eight on 29 March.
In the latest announcement today, 9 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded two new deaths.
Taking into account the fatality rate, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today said that Malaysia's healthcare services towards COVID-19 patients are among the best in the world
He said this while announcing the latest COVID-19 numbers during his daily press briefing in Putrajaya.
Malaysia today recorded 109 new cases, 47 less than it recorded on Wednesday.
According to Dr Noor Hisham, 121 patients recovered and were discharged today, bringing the number of total recoveries to 1,608. About 38% of the total cases have now recovered.
This is the second consecutive day when recoveries exceeded new infections.
While Malaysia's cumulative total increased to 4,228, the number of patients who are currently receiving treatment has gone down
There were 2,579 patients in treatment on 7 April, however, with today's discharged patients, there are now 2,553 patients who are receiving treatment in COVID-19 hospitals around the country.
Of those in treatment, the number of COVID-19 patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) is at 72.
Meanwhile, among the two new deaths reported today, a 23-year-old has now become the youngest patient to die from the coronavirus
According to Dr Noor Nisham, the female patient was identified as Case 2,864.
He said she suffered from a thyroid disorder and was part of a church gathering cluster in Sarawak.
"She had a history of close contact with two COVID-19 patients and is a fifth-generation (infection) from the church conference cluster. She was treated at Sarawak General Hospital on 30 March and passed away at 9.42am, 9 April," the Health D-G said during the press conference in Putrajaya.
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