Kuala Lumpur, Mar 26: The Novel Coronavirus has so far claimed 23 lives in Malaysia, while infecting 2,301 people, with 235 new cases confirmed on Thursday, the country's largest one-day increase so far.
According to Malaysia Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah, at least 60 new cases were traced to a largescale religious event, held near this state capital from late February to early March. The number of cases in the country has spiked following the event, Mr Abdullah pointed out.
At a press conference here, Abdullah said out of the total cases, 215 have been cured and discharged from hospitals, while 45 are currently being held in intensive care and 32 of those are in need of assisted breathing.
Stating that 80 public healthcare workers, including 39 from one single hospital had tested positive, he said these were, however, from exposure outside of their work and reminded the public to comply with the conditions imposed by the authorities. Malaysia has implemented a 'movement control order' since March 18, by closing shops and schools as well as imposing travel bans till April 14.(UNI)