Virus spike continues with 187 new cases

PUTRAJAYA: The spike in Covid-19 cases continued for a second day today, with the health ministry confirming 187 new cases, the majority involving foreigners, bringing the total to 7,604.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 62 new recoveries, bringing the number of those discharged to 6,041.

He said there were no new deaths, with the total remaining at 115.

Of the 187 new cases, 10 were imported cases involving seven Malaysians and three PR holders. The remaining 177 cases were local transmissions, including 173 involving foreigners.

Of these, 155 were detected at the Bukit Jalil Immigration depot and 13 from the security guard cluster in Cheras.

Yesterday, 159 foreigners tested positive for Covid-19, including 112 at Immigration depots.

At his daily press conference here today, Noor Hisham said 1,448 patients were still receiving treatment, with eight in the intensive care unit and five in need of respiratory assistance.

He said that apart from the Bukit Jalil and Cheras security guard clusters, two more cases were recorded from the Pudu cluster.

One more case was also recorded from the construction site in Setia Alam, bringing the total number of cases to 13, all involving Bangladeshis.

He said 10 new Covid-19 cases involved Malaysians who had returned from overseas, including five from Saudi Arabia, three from Singapore and one each from Pakistan and Russia.

Noor Hisham said the ministry was still investigating the source of the infection of those at the Immigration depots.

“It is possible the transmission came from one of those detained during the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) or personnel providing cleaning services.

“We are hoping to find a lead on the source of infection,” he said, adding that the situation was under control.

He also said that everyone at the Bukit Jalil, Sepang and Semenyih depots would be screened, including the personnel, while the depots had been disinfected.

“Basically, we are treating it like it is under EMCO, where everyone is screened.”

Noor Hisham said the ministry was also looking into other detention centres like prisons, adding that if there was an outbreak at such sites, there would be an increase in the number of cases.

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