Health ministry reports record number of daily recoveries

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry this evening confirmed 281 recoveries, the highest number of patients discharged to date.

Seven new infections were also recorded for the second consecutive day, pushing the total number of cases to 8,336.

Of the new cases, six were import cases and the other a local transmission involving a foreigner. The individual tested positive after undergoing a test before working.

The death toll remains at 117 with no new casualties reported.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there are currently 1,244 active cases, with six patients being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), and one needing respiratory assistance.

He said the nation should be “proud” that none of the local transmissions involved a Malaysian.

“This is especially so in view of the effort by various quarters in adopting the whole of government and society approach,” he said during his daily briefing.

Meanwhile, six returnees tested positive for Covid-19, with two each from Singapore and Saudi Arabia and one each from Italy and Indonesia.

Noor Hisham also said that to date 48,451 foreigners have been screened, with 2,406 testing positive.

He said 417 patients, including one Malaysian, were being treated at the Covid-19 Low-Risk Patient Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Serdang.

Noor Hisham said the 269 Rohingya refugees who entered Malaysia via Langkawi yesterday will be tested for Covid-19.

“We will discuss the matter with the senior minister (Ismail Sabri Yaakob) and further action will be taken by various agencies,” he said.

The refugees have been detained after security forces were unable to turn the boat away because its engine was beyond repair.

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