Recoveries triple new infections, no deaths

PUTRAJAYA: There were three times as many recoveries than new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 115, with no new deaths today.

Twenty new cases were reported, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 7,877, with 1,292 active cases.

Of the new patients, 15 were import cases and five were local transmissions. The local cases comprised three foreigners and two Malaysians.

At his daily press briefing here today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 66 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 6,470.

He said six patients are still being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) with two needing respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said the 15 import cases comprised seven Malaysians returning from Egypt, five from Saudi Arabia and one each from India, Mexico and China.

He said the cleaning company cluster reported two new cases while the Pedas cluster recorded one new case. The 29 other clusters did not report any new cases.

With the number of local transmissions dropping to a single digit, he said, all sectors could be gradually reopened if the number of local cases was to remain low.

However, the authorities would still have to monitor and control the people as more sectors are reopened.

“If all sectors are opened and monitoring measures go well with cases dropping to a single digit, then we are prepared for the exit strategy. This is what we call a soft-landing approach.

“But our worry is the foreign workers, so today we agreed at the National Security Council meeting for one of the task forces to look into SOP compliance among foreign workers,” he said.

He thanked Malaysians for their compliance with the various SOPs during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and urged them to continue following the regulations to break the Covid-19 chain of infection in the country.

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