There is currently a total of 1,518 COVID-19 cases in Malaysia. <small> Cover image via Bernama/New Straits Times </small>
The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced a total of 212 new COVID-19 cases today, 23 March
In a press conference announcing the daily COVID-19 updates, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the number of cases in Malaysia to a total of 1,518.
This has been the largest increase of cases in a day since 15 March, which recorded 190 cases then.
Out of the 212 new cases, MOH reports 123 of them are linked to the Sri Petaling Jamek Mosque tabligh gathering.
Meanwhile, 57 of the total number of cases are in Intensive Care Units around the country, with 27 of them requiring breathing assistance.
<a href="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/772556/fc84.jpg" rel="segment-312834 noopener noreferrer" target="" title="The graph only reflects the number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia up to 22 March."> <img alt="The graph only reflects the number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia up to 22 March." src="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/772556/fc84.jpg"></img></a> The graph only reflects the number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia up to 22 March. <small>Image via Worldometer</small>
A total of 14 people have died from COVID-19 in Malaysia, three more from yesterday’s total
<b>The latest three deaths today are:</b><br></br>A 70-year-old Malaysian man who attended the <i>tabligh</i> assembly and was being treated at Hospital Kluang.
A 49-year-old Malaysian man who was being treated at Sarawak General Hospital, and who was also the son of the fifth COVID-19 death in Malaysia on 18 March.
The last victim was a 51-year-old Malaysian woman, who was a close contact of a tabligh participant and was being treated in Hospital Miri.
<blockquote><p dir="ltr" lang="in">TERKINI: Dukacita dimaklumkan jumlah kematian akibat #COVID19 di negara kita setakat ini ialah 14 orang. Salam takziah daripada KKM kepada keluarga mereka.</p>— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) March 23, 2020</blockquote>
Dr Noor Hisham also announced that they will now be testing all tabligh participants regardless of whether they have symptoms or not
The religious gathering was attended by over 14,500 Malaysians.
With the new cases recorded today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malaysia from the tabligh gathering has crossed 900, making it 62% of the number of cases in the country.
<blockquote><p dir="ltr" lang="in">Sehingga 23 Mac 2020 pukul 12:00 tengah hari, terdapat 212 kes baru positif COVID-19 & jumlah terkini 1,518 kes. Drp 212 kes baru yg dilaporkan hari ini, sebanyak 123 kes berkaitan dgn kluster jemaah tabligh.Terkini, 57 kes positif dirawat di ICU,& 27 perlu bantuan pernafasan pic.twitter.com/WO5I71BEEs</p>— Noor Hisham Abdullah (@DGHisham) March 23, 2020</blockquote>
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