PETALING JAYA: Another 28 new Covid-19 cases were recorded nationwide today, the biggest jump in a day since the virus was detected in Malaysia in late January.
The new cases bring the total number of cases to 83, including 23 who have since recovered.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said those who have been in close contact with the new cases are being identified for further investigation and sampling.
In a statement, he said a total of 956 close contacts have been identified to date.
Of that number, 258 close contacts cases are related to the 26th case, 18 of whom tested positive.
Seventy people from the 258 close contacts tested negative but are under observation for 14 days.
The test result for 170 others are still pending.
Noor Hisham said the situation is “still under control”, adding that it is in the “early containment phase”.
He advised the public to provide full cooperation in the investigation, tracking of close contacts and treatment of patients.
He said organisers of official programmes and large gatherings in public places are encouraged to conduct evaluations before proceeding.
He also noted that under the Code of Professional Conduct of the Medical Act 1971 (Amendment 2012) and Medical Regulations, medical practitioners must ensure that their patients’ personal information should remain confidential unless the patient discloses the information voluntarily.