A drop in new Covid-19 positive cases today

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covid-19 positive Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah at a news conference on the latest development of Covid-19 at the Ministry of Health in Putrajaya. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 24 MARCH 2020
Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah at a news conference on the latest development of Covid-19 at the Ministry of Health in Putrajaya. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 24 MARCH 2020

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

PUTRAJAYA – The Covid-19 positive cases see a drop today to 106 cases compared to 212 cases yesterday.

According to the Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, from that amount, 43 cases were from the tabligh cluster who had a convention at the Sri Petaling Mosque last month.

He said, 24 cases had recovered and they were allowed to discharge turning the cumulative recovered cases to 183.

“However, sadly, as of now, there is a new Covid-19 death toll reported to the Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CRPC).

“This made the Covid-19 death toll in Malaysia rises to 15 cases. The 15th death is the 1519th case, a 70-year-old male citizen.

“He had diabetes, hypertension and is suspected to have contact history with the 703rd case during Friday prayer.

“He had symptoms for a week, namely, fever, cough and difficulty in breathing for three days. He was treated at the Sultanah Fatimah Hospital in Muar on 18 March 2020.

“His health deteriorated and was given respiratory aid at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He was then pronounced dead today at 5.25 am,” he said during the daily Covid-19 news conference at the Ministry of Health (MOH) today.

Elaborating further, Noor Hisham cautioned the public not to use the rapid test kid (RTK) sold in the market without the advice of healthcare professionals. According to him, the test kit has the potential to cause misinterpretation on the test results.

“The RTK sold in the market is to trace antibody produced in our body due to infection.

“Antibodies will appear in our body around five to eight days after being infected.

“The RTK test to trace antibodies cannot trace virus and confirm an infection quickly.

“Therefore, it will not help in the early detection of Covid-19 cases. Thus, the RTK to trace antibodies is not recommended for the diagnosis of Covid-19,” he said.

Noor Hisham also explained that laboratory tests at the health clinics and labs to detect Covid-19 uses the Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) technique.

“The test would be able to detect the presence of Covid-19 virus in the body of the patients.

“Thus, being rRT-PCR Covid-19 positive means that an individual has been infected by the virus.

“The accurate test through the rRT-PCR is very important in the effective management of Covid-19 patients,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette

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