Recoveries outnumber new cases, no deaths

PUTRAJAYA: The Covid-19 death toll remained unchanged at 115 today, with no new deaths reported by the health ministry.

Thirty-eight new cases were reported, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 7,857, with 1,338 active cases.

Of the new patients, 26 were imported cases while 12 were local transmissions. The local cases comprised six Malaysians and six foreigners.

At a press conference today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said 51 patients had recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged to 6,404.

He said eight patients were being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with only two needing respiratory assistance.

He said the 26 imported cases comprised 20 Malaysians returning from Egypt, four from Indonesia and two from the United Kingdom.

In a Twitter post, the ministry said there was a new cluster involving a flat in Cheras, with six patients so far, comprising Malaysians. The source of the infection is still being probed.

Noor Hisham said the Cheras flats cluster recorded three new cases while the Kuala Langat and Seremban cleaning company cluster reported two new cases. The Pudu cluster recorded one new case.

A new tahfiz-related case was detected involving a 15-year-old student who tested positive after being traced by the ministry and police.

He said the patient’s close contacts and family members had been screened with 41 individuals currently undergoing quarantine in Sungkai, Perak.

No new cases were reported from the four immigration depots in Bukit Jalil, Semenyih, Sepang and Putrajaya, with no test results pending.

Meanwhile, the Ayer Merbau madrasah, Kampung Baru and Malayan Mansion clusters have officially ended after completing its 28-day observation period with no new cases.

Noor Hisham said the ministry would continue to monitor the daily number of cases this week, before advising the National Security Council (NSC) on whether the ongoing conditional movement control order (CMCO) should be extended.

He said the number of local cases involving Malaysians were performing better than the ministry’s projections, and the focus now was on migrant workers and foreigners.

“The ministry’s worry is over a possible sudden increase in cases after Aidilfitri. So far, there have been no sharp increases, so we will continue to monitor this week.

“If this situation continues, with cases remaining at single digit or reducing to two, maybe we will advise the NSC and prime minister to open up more sectors, like social, sports and education,” he said.

He warned that most asymptomatic patients were found to be most infectious two to three days before they begin displaying symptoms.

He said the virus load of patients was the highest at this presymptomatic stage, according to the World Health Organization.

On the reopening of daycare centres, Noor Hisham said the ministry would present its proposed SOPs to the NSC tomorrow, adding that it recognised the working class’ need for the service.

He said the ministry had put in a request for more centres at hospitals in order to provide frontliners and hospital staff with the service.

He also called on daycare centres to prioritise the children of frontliners and ministry staff if they did not have the capacity to take in as many children.

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