COVID-19: “The 2019 Plague” Day 149: ASEAN Updates- PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia- More than 80% of patients have no or mild symptoms




PUTRAJAYA: More than 80% of Covid-19 patients are in category 1 and 2 with no or mild symptoms, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix).

“If we could trace the patients early and screen them positive, the patients would be warded for monitoring.


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“More than 80% of our patients are in category 1 and 2 which means we could monitor them in the hospital while in some countries, they would not be warded and are only monitored at home,” he told the daily Covid-19 media conference here today.

Noor Hisham was commenting on whether complications such as blood clot and stroke were detected among patients as reported the United States.

He was explaining on the development of Covid-19 treatment and how it is crucial to identify patients early.

He said there are five categories, those having no symptoms, mild symptoms, pneumonia not requiring oxygen therapy, pneumonia requiring oxygen therapy and cases needing ventilator.


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He said the medication used for patients with mild symptoms is hydroxychloroquine since the first day.

“But we have to monitor for side effects. Maybe in terms treatment, our medication at the initial stage could prevent the symptoms from getting worst.

“So we are advising those with symptoms or positive to be hospitalised for monitoring. But if they come in too late there maybe complications of the lungs, internal organs as well as bleeding,” he said.

Noor Hisham took the example of a 36-year-old Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market area, who succumbed to the disease for coming in late.

“We could not do anything and despite giving him respiratory assistance, the patient died. It would be difficult for us if the patient is late.

“We looked at the post-mortem and found various complications from the infection, as well as inflammation,” he said.

Noor Hisham also said the post-mortem also identified Covid-19 virus on the skin, body fluid, urine and internal organs of the patient.

“If we are not careful in managing the body, we maybe infected while preparing the body for burial,” he said. — Bernama


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BRUNEI- No new COVID-19 cases in Brunei, two new recoveries

Brunei Darussalam recorded no new COVID-19 cases in the country for the fourth consecutive day yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 138.

However, three more recovered patients re-tested positive in the country bringing the total number of such cases to 21 individuals.

The latest development of the COVID-19 situation in the country was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, during the daily press conference at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Al-‘Afiah Hall.

The minister said, “Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah the Almighty, there is no new case of COVID-19 infection in the country. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Brunei Darussalam remains at 138.”

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

He said, “Two cases have recovered from COVID-19 today, the total number of cases recovered is 119. This brings the number of active cases still being treated at the National Isolation Centre to 18, where two are still in critical condition and both require heart/lung machine (ECMO) and respiratory assistance. The rest are in a stable condition.”

The minister said 138 individuals are currently undergoing quarantine in accordance to the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) and 2,425 individuals have completed their quarantine.

In the past 24 hours, he said, “A total of 281 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that brings the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January 2020 to 12,430 tests.”

With regard to the cases that have recovered but found to be positive again during follow-up examination, he said three more cases have re-tested positive. This brings the total number of such cases to 21 individuals, of which 14 are still undergoing further examination and testing.

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In its breakdown of COVID- 19 cases in the country, revealed that the Brunei-Muara District has 111 cases, Belait District 21 and Tutong District six.


VIENTIANE, Laos-No new Covid-19 cases for 11 consecutive days, four recover

Laos has recorded no new Covid-19 cases for 11 consecutive days and four people infected by the Coronavirus have been discharged from hospital, a top official said on Thursday.
The Deputy Head of the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Dr Phouthone Muongpak, told a daily media briefing on the Covid-19 situation: “Our country has not recorded any Coronavirus cases for 11 consecutive days and two people were discharged from Mittaphab Hospital and another two from Luang Prabang provincial hospital.”

Up to 5 pm on April 22, a total of 1,664 people entering Laos through international border checkpoints were checked for Covid-19 and none of them showed signs of fever.
Of these, 952 people crossed the border with Thailand, and all of them were truck drivers bringing goods into Laos.
A total of 297 truck drivers crossed the Laos-China border, while 410 truck drivers entered Laos from Vietnam.
Five Cambodian officials working in Champassak province also crossed the Lao-Cambodian border.
At all the border checkpoints, the temperature of each traveller was checked.
Dr Phouthone said a total of 67 samples were tested for the Coronavirus on April 22, including those of 11 people suspected to be infected by the virus, and all the results were negative.
Fourteen people are still being treated at Mittaphab Hospital and only one patient remains in the Luang Prabang provincial hospital. All of them have only mild symptoms.
As of April 22, a total of 1,327 people, including Lao workers and students, who came to the country from neighbouring nations were in 314 quarantine centres, and another 1,371 people were in self-quarantine at home. Some 222 samples were tested for the Coronavirus but all the results were negative.
The government is continuing with its strict monitoring measures, including the screening of people at risk of being infected by the Coronavirus.
The government continues to advise everyone to strictly comply with measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as laid down in the Prime Minister’s Order No 6.
The Prime Minister’s Order, dated March 29, instructed everyone to stay at home during April 1-19 in order to contain the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The government recently announced a 14-day extension of the lockdown until May 3.
As of 6 am on April 23, the Coronavirus has infected more than 2,633,001 people in 210 countries. It has claimed more than 183,882 lives, while at least 717,220 people have been discharged from hospital after recovering, according to the Taskforce Committee.

By Phomphong Laoin
(Latest Update April 24, 2020)

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MANILA- BREAKING: COVID-19 cases near 7,000; recoveries now at 722 — DOH

MANILA, Philippines — Nearly 7,000 individuals in the country have contracted the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 271 additional cases on Thursday.

The total of confirmed cases of the disease is currently at 6,981, as of April 23.

Twenty-nine additional patients were also recorded to recuperate from the disease, allowing the total of recoveries to reach 722.

The country’s death toll is already at 462 with 16 more patients dying due to COVID-19.

The health department earlier said that while the COVID-19 curve is yet to flatten, there are already “indications” that the increase of new cases has started to decline.

This was seen in the slowing down of the spread of the novel coronavirus as interpreted from the rate of “doubling time” of cases, which was down to a five-day rate from the previous three-day rate.

Despite the slowdown of the spread, the DOH earlier warned the public not to be complacent and still practice non-pharmaceutical measures against COVID-19, such as physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, frequent hand-washing, and disinfection of surfaces usually touched.

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(as of April 23, 2020 – 4:00 PM)

SINGAPORE- 84-year-old S’porean woman is 12th person to die of Covid-19; most of 1,016 new cases are foreign workers living in dormitories

Foreign workers living in dormitories continue to drive the increase.
Foreign workers living in dormitories continue to drive the increase.ST PHOTO: JOEL CHAN. / Jean Iau / Clara Chong.

SINGAPORE – An 84-year-old Singaporean woman has become the 12th person to die from complications due to the coronavirus, even as the number of patients with the infection here crossed the 10,000 mark on Wednesday (April 22).

The woman died on Tuesday night. She was confirmed to have the virus on April 2. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has contacted her family and is assisting them, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a daily update on Wednesday.

In its update, the ministry also said that foreign workers living in dormitories made up 967 of the 1,016 new coronavirus cases, or about 95 per cent, announced on Wednesday.

Among the new cases announced, 17 are cases in the community. Two are work pass holders, while 15 are Singaporeans and permanent residents.

The other new patients are 32 work permit holders who did not stay in dormitories. There are no imported cases.

Of the new cases, 73 per cent are linked to known clusters.

The MOH also announced eight new clusters, which are linked to 10 Kranji Link; 32 Tuas View Square; 36 Tuas View Square; 40 Tuas View Square; 61 Senoko Drive; 8 Sungei Kadut Avenue; 18 Sungei Kadut Avenue; and Wing Fong Court at 10 Lorong 14 Geylang.

Singapore’s largest active cluster remains as S11 Dormitory in Punggol, which has confirmed 2,211 cases.  The cluster alone accounts for over a fifth of all cases in Singapore.

Wednesday’s latest figures bring the total number of coronavirus cases here to 10,141.

Two more foreign worker dormitories have also been placed under isolation.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong declared Homestay Lodge in Kaki Bukit and Changi Lodge 2 as isolation areas under the Infectious Diseases Act, according to a notice on the Government Gazette on Wednesday. The move comes into effect on Thursday.

There are now a total of 21 dormitories declared as isolation areas where workers at these lodgings must be quarantined in their rooms for 14 days.

The MOH said on Wednesday that the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 36 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 25 per day in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased as well, to an average of 17 per day in the past week from an average of 21 cases per day in the week before.

“We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme,” the ministry added.

Meanwhile, the number of new cases among work permit holders residing outside dormitories has continued to rise, from an average of 14 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 30 per day in the past week.

As of Wednesday, the prevalence of coronavirus cases in the community is 0.023 per cent, but it is 0.061 per cent among the 664,000 workers not living in dorms.

The figure is 2.51 per cent among the 323,000 foreign workers residing in dorms, which means 8,094 workers in dorms have been diagnosed as having the coronavirus.

The overall prevalence of the virus in Singapore is now 0.18 per cent.

The MOH also announced on Wednesday that 57 more coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. This means 896 people have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged.

Of the 4,234 patients who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving, but 25 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 4,999 patients who are clinically well but still test positive for Covid-19 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) also said on Tuesday that two coronavirus patients confirmed in the past two days are from nursing homes.

One of them is a 40-year-old healthcare assistant at Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (Swami) Home at 5 Sembawang Walk. She was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on Monday.

She was warded in an isolation room at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and was last at work on Sunday.

The second patient is an 86-year-old resident from Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital at 705 Serangoon Road.

Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital at 705 Serangoon Road. PHOTO: ST FILE

She was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on Tuesday. The resident was warded in an isolation room at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Swami Home and Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital have taken additional precautionary measures, after consultation with MOH and AIC.

This includes a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the ward and affected areas of both homes. Contact tracing is being done and those who had close contact with the confirmed cases will be quarantined.

During this period, MOH and AIC will help Swami Home and Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital with additional support if it is required, to ensure services can continue for their residents.



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HA NOI, Viet Nam-  No new cases recorded in Việt Nam for eight days straight.

Anyone going in or out of Hạ Lôi village in Mê Linh District District, Hà Nội, must report to the check points set up around the village as it remains a high-risk COVID-19 area with 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while social distancing measures are relaxed in most other parts of Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam

HÀ NỘI — For the eighth day in a row, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Việt Nam.

The last person to test positive for coronavirus was a teenage girl on April 16 in Hà Giang Province.

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said on Friday morning, the total number of confirmed patients in Việt Nam remains at 268.

Of those, 224 people have been successfully treated, accounting for 84 per cent.

Only 44 people with the virus remain in care at seven medical facilities across the country.

Two of those patients have tested negative twice for the novel strain of the coronavirus.

Fifteen others have returned negative results in their first tests, including the Hà Giang patient who is being treated at Đồng Văn District’s General Hospital

She remains in a stable condition and has showed no signs of fever, coughing or breathing difficulties, Sấn Văn Cương, director of the hospital said.

Six people who came into direct contact with her have also tested negative.

There have been no deaths from the virus since the first positive case was reported on January 23.

Currently, 68,890 people are quarantined in the country, with 352 isolated in hospitals. — VNS


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