PUTRAJAYA — April 16, 2020: After a big decline yesterday of half the cases reported on Tuesday, the last 24 hours saw another increase, this time by 25 cases to make it 110.
This brings the total number of cases in the country to 5,182. But 119 patients had also recovered to make it a total of 2,766 recoveries or 53.4%. also
Some 56 patients are in intensive care, with 29 on ventilators.
The latest fatality, according to Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah was a 66-year-old Malaysian man who had heart problems and high blood pressure.
The ministry has also found a reliable antigen test kit from South Korea with a sensitivity rate of 84.4%, which it believes will help boost testing. The supply is expected to arrive by next week.
With the antigen rapid test kit, testing can be done at point of care. That means you do not need to send the swab test samples to any of the 43 labs for a result.
Noor Hisham said the PCR (polymerise chain reaction) tests will complement the antigen kits if there are any doubts over the results.
The 43 labs can produce up to 11,500 test results a day and with the new kits, the ministry is confident it can increase the capacity closer to its target of 16,500 daily tests.
So far, 90,000 test samples have been taken, of which 5.4% were positive.