Recoveries outnumber infections 2 to 1 as total cases pass 7,000-mark

PUTRAJAYA: No new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, leaving the toll from Covid-19 unchanged at 114.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 60 patients were also discharged from hospital, taking total recoveries to 5,706.

However, 31 new infections were also recorded, pushing total cases to 7,009.

Of these, 21 were local transmissions, 10 of which involved foreigners.

Meanwhile, 1,189 patients continue receiving treatment with 11 in the intensive care unit and seven in need of respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham also revealed that 10 Malaysians who had returned from overseas tested positive for the virus.

Of these, four were from the US and two from Singapore. The rest were from the UK, Egypt, Holland and Qatar.

The ministry also detected five new cases from the Pudu cluster, bringing the total to 63 cases.

Noor Hisham said a women who was 35 weeks pregnant had also tested positive for Covid-19 in Kelantan, a green zone.

He said she had travelled to Kelantan from Ampang, a red zone, as she wanted to give birth to her child in the east coast state.

She has since been isolated and is currently receiving treatment.

“Now we are carrying out active case detection for her close contacts and are probing whether she was infected while in the red zone,” he said during his daily briefing here.

Noor Hisham also advised people from red zones against travelling during the Raya festivities.

“Those from red zones, don’t go back to your home town. Stay at home. Don’t visit anyone,” he said, warning that there could be an increase in cases after Raya if SOPs like social distancing and personal hygiene are not followed.

He said the ministry had already banned interstate travel, especially from red to green zones.

He added that the ministry is looking into how a student from Kedah tested positive for the virus as Kedah is also a green zone.

He said the case was detected as the government was screening students to be sent home to East Malaysia.

“Of more than 271 students screened, one tested positive,” he said.

The ministry is carrying out active case detection of the student’s nine close contacts as well.

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