Death toll unchanged as recoveries more than double infections

PUTRAJAYA: No new deaths were recorded over the last 24 hours, leaving the toll from Covid-19 stagnant at 112.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 88 patients were also discharged from hospital, bringing total recoveries to 5,439.

He also said 36 new cases were detected, taking total cases to 6,855.

Of these, 28 involved foreigners.

A further 1,304 continue receiving treatment, with 14 in the intensive care unit and five in need of respiratory assistance.

There was one new case reported from the locked-down area in PJ Old Town, while the Sri Petaling mosque cluster recorded 11 new cases.

The Kampung Sungai Lui and Cheras security guards clusters recorded 10 and nine new cases respectively.

The Pudu cluster meanwhile reported two new cases, while the Pedas factory workers and Benus clusters recorded one new infection each.

Noor Hisham said the Pasir Gudang factory cluster had officially ended after finishing its 28-day monitoring period with no new cases reported.

The cluster had recorded 15 positive Covid-19 cases and one casualty.

He said the health ministry was also working closely with Jakim and NGOs to identify and encourage more tahfiz staff and students to come forward and be tested for the virus.

He stressed that this was not intended to stigmatise them, but to ensure their safety and to prevent others from becoming infected with the virus.

He also said the ministry was still probing the 110th death recorded, which involved a man who was found dead after attempting to trek to Kuala Terengganu from Segamat, Johor.

“Close contacts are still being identified for us to screen. Additional updates will be given when the full report is out. We will give them time to conduct contact tracing,” he said.

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