The Health Ministry has released a list of diseases, whose sufferers stand a high risk of getting dangerous complications if infected with COVID-19.

In a Facebook post last night, the ministry said those who suffer from the conditions lifted will be prioritized in the second phase of the national immunization programme, which kicks off on April 17.

The diseases listed include diabetes (both type 1 and 2), obese people and have illnesses related to the condition, those with high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), and heart disease sufferers.

The list also includes those with lung-related illnesses, such as asthma and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer patients (those who are in stable condition after receiving treatment), as well as pregnant women with comorbidities (between 14 and 33 weeks pregnant) and those with kidney disease between the third and fifth stage, and are on dialisis.

"These patients stand a high risk of getting dangerous complications if they catch COVID-19.

"They will be given priority in getting vaccinated in the second phase, which begins April 17," read the post.

"If you or your family members fall in this group, make sure they are registered (for vaccination)."

Mereka yang menghidap penyakit-penyakit ini adalah kumpulan berisiko tinggi yang boleh mendapat komplikasi penyakif...

Posted by KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA on Saturday, 3 April 2021

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More than 740,000 people have been vaccinated in Malaysia so far. The second phase of the programme, involving senior citizens and those with chronic illnesses, is set to kick off on Apr 17- earlier than originally scheduled.

The third group, involving some 13.7 million citizens and non-citizens aged 18 and above, are set to receive their jabs from May this year to February next year.

As of yesterday, there have been a total of 350,959 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 1,288 deaths.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 131 million people, and killed over 2.86 million.

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