One Covid-19 death reported, with recoveries in triple digits

PUTRAJAYA: One new Covid-19-related death was reported by the health ministry today, bringing the total number of fatalities to 120.

The deceased was a 96-year-old Malaysian woman in Sabah who died at her home on June 12. She was screened upon arrival at Hospital Queen Elizabeth and tested positive.

The source of the infection is still under investigation.

Forty-three new cases were reported, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,445, with 1,014 active cases.

The new cases comprised five imported cases, while the 38 local transmissions involved 15 Malaysians and 23 foreigners.

At a press conference today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said four patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with none requiring respiratory assistance.

He said 143 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 7,311.

Where the new cases come from

Twenty-one cases were detected from the Bukit Jalil immigration depot cluster, involving detainees who had been relocated to the Malaysian Immigration Academy in Port Dickson.

The patients comprised 10 undocumented migrants from Myanmar and Indonesia as well as one from Pakistan. They were detected after being tested a third time prior to getting approval to be deported.

Noor Hisham said the 21 individuals were undergoing quarantine after coming into close contact with a positive case.

He added that 65 others from the Bukit Jalil cluster are awaiting their test results following a third screening.

Screenings at a vegetable wholesale market in Penampang, Sabah, and on farm workers in Temerloh, Pahang, detected one positive migrant worker each.

Seven tahfiz school students from Selangor (2), Negeri Sembilan (3), Perak (1) and Melaka (1) tested positive after screenings on madrasahs and tahfiz schools.

Surveillance on influenza-like illness (ILI) patients found one positive case at a government health clinic in Kuala Lumpur, while two frontliners in Sabak Bernam also tested positive.

One civil servant in Seremban tested positive prior to returning to Sabah, while another case in Negeri Sembilan was detected following close contact tracing. The infection had happened during house visits on the first day of Aidilfitri.

One case involving a senior citizen was also detected at an old folks’ home in Melaka Tengah.

The imported cases comprised four Malaysians and one permanent resident. Two of the patients returned from Singapore and one each from Egypt, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the first Kuala Lumpur construction site cluster in Titiwangsa has officially ended, after completion of the 28-day monitoring period with no new cases reported.

No new cases from infected barber

Noor Hisham said there were no new cases related to the foreign barber in Titiwangsa, adding that there was no cluster yet.

He said the ministry will not be revoking its decision for barbers to operate as a result of this case. The patient had flouted the movement control order and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Before the SOPs for barbers had come out, he was illegally giving haircut services, going from house to house. The barber had gone back to work even before his test results came back.

“Action has been taken and an investigation is ongoing. There isn’t a cluster so far, but if many (of the close contacts) test positive, then we might have a barber cluster,” he said.

New procedure for travellers returning from abroad

Noor Hisham also announced new procedures for travellers returning from abroad who test negative upon arrival.

They will be issued a letter ordering them to be self-quarantined and given a wristband which they are required to wear at all times throughout their isolation period at home.

They will also be given a home assessment form and have to download the MySejahtera app.

“If an individual is found breaching the order, he or she can be charged and punished under Section 24 Act 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

“If the wristband is removed before the quarantine period ends, action will be taken. The wristband must be removed by an officer once the monitoring period is over,” he said.

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