No deaths but new infections back to double-digit figure

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry today announced 31 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

There were no deaths reported.

Eleven of the new cases were imported. Nineteen are foreigners, and one Malaysian.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced 51 recoveries since yesterday.

This brings the cases nationwide to 8,369, with 1186 active cases still receiving treatment as of noon today.

Noor Hisham said five patients are still in the intensive care units (ICU) across the country.

Noor Hisham said the one Malaysian, from Ulu Klang, is from a tahfiz school.

As for the 19 cases among foreigners, he said 16 were from Pedas, Negeri Sembilan, one from the Kampung Sungai Lui (Selangor) cluster, two from Kuala Lumpur and another from the capital city.

Noor Hisham said one of the reasons for an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Pedas was due to the contact tracing being carried out there. This had resulted in 16 cases being identified.

As for the tahfiz school at Ulu Langat, he said this came under the ministry’s targeted approach to carry out swab tests. From here, one Malaysian was identified, he added.

As for the imported cases, he said 11 were from Egypt. They have been quarantined in Melaka and were confirmed positive.

As for the wet market at Jalan Bot. Titiwangsa, he said the Titiwangsa Health Department, together with other authorities, had carried out six testings and those who wanted to carry out testing would need to do it privately.

Some of the traders had rejected the testing as they said they were not operating during MCO. Testing was carried out on 6,477 people and out of that, 83 cases were confirmed with the virus.

On flights and express buses, which are now allowed to operate at full capacity, while abiding by standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the recovery movement control order (RMCO), he said all passengers will also have to download the MySejahtera app to help with contact tracing.

He said the decision to allow full capacity was made after looking at cost-effectiveness to run a business and to ensure contact tracing can also be done easily.

As for requests from the blind to reopen their reflexology centres, he said Malaysia is now at the recovery stage and all sectors were encouraged to open in stages.

He said his department is looking at the SOPs to allow reflexology.

“By the end of RMCO, we want all sectors to reopen without any increase in cases,” he said.

Noor Hisham said Malaysia will be declared free of Covid-19 if there are no cases for 28 days.

He said it will be based on two 14-day cycles of no new Covid-19 cases.

“We will monitor the situation for 28 days, which is two cycles of incubation.

“If we can have zero cases for 28 days continuously, we can announce ourselves as Covid-19-free.

“That’s our benchmark,” he added.

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