New cases outnumber recoveries, spike at Immigration depots

PUTRAJAYA: The death toll from Covid-19 remained at 115 today with no new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, although more fresh cases were recorded, including a spike at Immigration Department depots.

The health ministry also detected a new cluster at a construction site in Kuala Lumpur.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 172 new cases were recorded, taking the total in the country to 7,417.

Of the new cases, five were imported cases and 167 local transmissions. The local transmissions involved 159 foreigners, including 112 detected at Immigration depots.

“But people need not worry as the depots are isolated from the general public,” he said at his daily press conference here.

A total of 34 patients were also discharged from hospital, bringing total recoveries to 5,979.

Noor Hisham said the spike in cases at three Immigration depots comprised 66 at the depot in Bukit Jalil , 29 in Sepang and 17 in Semenyih.

A total of 227 migrants at three depots had tested positive so far. The majority were Bangladeshis (53), followed by Indian nationals (41) and Indonesians (38).

The remaining were from Myanmar (37), Pakistan (28), China (17), Cambodia (four), Nepal (three), Sri Lanka (two) and one each from the Philippines, Libya, Egypt and Syria.

He said several preventive and containment measures had since been taken, including disinfection and educating the migrants on proper hygiene and social distancing.

Noor Hisham said there were 14 Immigration depots nationwide and four temporary detention centres (PTS) in Sabah.

He said the ministry foresaw an increase in the number of cases in the next few days. “Those who test positive will be isolated and brought to the quarantine centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).”

Meanwhile, 44 cases were detected at a new cluster at a construction site in Kuala Lumpur.

Based on the ministry’s investigation, he said, there was a possibility that the virus had spread among foreign workers as they stayed in crowded and confined spaces.

“It’s the main factor why it soared among foreign workers at construction sites.

“The site itself enforces standard operating procedures, but we need to look at where they reside,” he said, adding that an apartment in Masjid India housed some 30 people.

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