No deaths as recoveries triple that of new infections

PUTRAJAYA: No new deaths related to Covid-19 were reported by the health ministry today, with the toll remaining at 115.

No deaths have been reported in Malaysia for the past seven days.

Thirty new cases were also reported, pushing the total number of those infected nationwide so far to 7,762, with 1,317 active cases.

Of the new patients, three were imported cases while 17 of the 27 local transmissions comprised foreigners.

At a press conference today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said nine patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with only two needing respiratory assistance.

He said 95 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 6,330.

The Sri Petaling mosque cluster reported two new infections, while the three imported cases involved Malaysians returning from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.

The second Kuala Lumpur construction site cluster reported 12 new cases, while two cases each were recorded from the Kampung Sungai Lui and Pedas clusters.

The 27 other clusters in the country reported no new cases, Noor Hisham said.

Meanwhile, he said the Lanchang tahfiz cluster in Temerloh, Pahang, and Italy patients-under-investigation (PUI) cluster in Kuching, Sarawak, had officially ended after completing the 28-day monitoring period with no new cases reported.

The Lanchang cluster recorded six cases in total while the Italy PUI cluster had 65 cases, with five deaths.

While the Bukit Jalil, Semenyih and Sepang immigration depots did not report new cases and have no test results pending, two infections were detected at a temporary immigration detention centre in Putrajaya.

The two patients are undocumented migrants. Another 54 individuals tested negative while 41 are awaiting their test results.

Noor Hisham said the depot was not considered a cluster yet as there were only two cases, with a 2% positive rate.

He added that the source of infection for all four depots is still being probed, expressing concern that it could have come from officers or workers at the centres, going to and fro for work.

“We are looking seriously into the SOPs at detention centres and how to improve on them, not only for immigration depots but others as well, like the prisons,” he said.

Commenting on the spike in cases among migrant workers, Noor Hisham said the onus was now on employers to take responsibility and ensure their employees complied with SOPs.

He said the health ministry is also working with other relevant ministries to look into improving the living quarters and accommodations for migrant workers to ensure they practise SOPs.

“This is important for us so that everyone, whether they are foreigners or Malaysians, can comply with the SOPs. If we can comply, then we can bring down the number of cases.”

He said the low number of cases involving Malaysians just under a week after the Aidilfitri festive period was a positive sign that people were complying with the SOPs.

He said Putrajaya will look towards reopening more sectors should the number of cases reduce further, perhaps to a single-digit number.

“Slowly and surely, but cautiously, we may open more sectors and monitor the situation. This will include social sectors like sports and education.

“Priority will be given to Form 5 and Upper 6 students because they have major exams. We hope this good trend will continue,” he said.

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