THE WORSE IS YET TO COME: DEATH TOLL IN MALAYSIA JUMPS TO 15 – EVEN AS WHO WARNS COVID-19 PANDEMIC NOW ‘ACCELERATING’

KUALA LUMPUR— Malaysia registered its 15th Covid-19 death when a 71-year-old man from Melaka died early this morning.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the man — who was Malaysia’s Case 1,519 — was suspected to have been in close contact with the patient known as Case 703.

“The patient has a history of chronic illnesses and was treated at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital, Muar from March 2020.

Malaysia is still observing a movement control order which confines most of the population in their homes until the end of the month.

WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic “accelerating”, as global cases total 332,935 and deaths at 14,510

March 24, Xinhua: More than 300,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported from almost every country and region in the world, the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, noting “the pandemic is accelerating.”

Speaking at a daily briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it took 67 days from the first reported case of Covid-19 to reach the first 100,000 cases worldwide, while the second and the third 100,000 cases were reported just within 11 days and 4 days respectively.

“Numbers matter, because they’re not just numbers,” Tedros said, reminding that behind the numbers are people whose lives and families have been turned upside down.

According to the WHO situation dashboard, a total of 332,935 coronavirus cases, including 14,510 deaths, have been reported as of 10:00 CET (09:00 GMT) Monday, as the virus spread to 189 countries and regions.

Tedros called on countries to make use of both defensive and offensive strategies to combat the epidemic.

As defensive strategies, physical distancing measures like asking people to stay at home is important for slowing down the spread of the virus and buying time, said Tedros.

“To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics,” he stressed, urging all countries and regions to test every suspected case, isolate and care for every confirmed patient, and to trace and quarantine every close contact.

Noting that some countries are struggling with the capacity to carry out these offensive measures, Tedros suggested that those countries should mobilize resources internally from less-affected regions to increase capacity.

Besides, the chief of WHO thanked countries for sending emergency medical teams to care for patients and train health workers in other countries that need support.

“This is an incredible example of international solidarity,” Tedros added.

In its efforts to support the global battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, China has sent several medical expert teams abroad and provided medical supplies to many countries and regions. -Xinhua / ANN

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