Covid-19 detainee at Bukit Jalil immigration depot dies

PUTRAJAYA: One new Covid-19-related death was reported by the health ministry today, bringing the number of fatalities due to the pandemic to 121.

The deceased was a 67-year-old Indian national with a history of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart and kidney diseases. He was a detainee at the Bukit Jalil immigration depot.

The man was found unconscious before being rushed to Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

He died on June 12 and tests found that he was positive for Covid-19. The autopsy results are still pending.

Eight new cases were reported, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,453, with 986 active cases.

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 35 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 7,346.

Noor Hisham said the ministry is still probing the death of the immigration inmate, adding that other detainees sharing a cell with the deceased have been isolated and will be screened.

He added that the man’s cause of death has yet to be determined as the man suffered various comorbidities.

The 8 new cases

The eight new cases today comprised two imported cases and six local transmissions, which involved four foreigners and two Malaysians.

All four foreigners were Bangladeshi migrant workers linked to the second Kuala Lumpur construction site cluster at Lembah Pantai.

The two Malaysian cases were detected during screenings on an Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) clinical patient in Bintulu, Sarawak, and in an old folks’ home in Melaka Tengah.

The patient from the old folks’ home is an 80-year-old Malaysian who exhibited symptoms.

Meanwhile, the two imported cases comprised permanent residents returning from Pakistan.

Noor Hisham said there were no new cases linked to Hari Raya Aidilfitri house visitations. There have only been two positive cases so far, adding that the 43 close contacts are currently undergoing isolation.

Of this number, 42 tested negative during the first test while one had tested positive yesterday.

He also said people returning from abroad must uphold their responsibility of going through their self-quarantine period, adding that the onus was on them to prevent exposure to their family members.

However, should an individual undergoing self-quarantine be found to be Covid-19 positive, everyone living in the house will be screened.

Noor Hisham said the health ministry will continue to screen tahfiz school students, adding that pupils from some 120 schools have already been identified by the ministry and police.

“We do not want to stigmatise them but ensure that they don’t have the virus.

“This is important because we found the 120 tahfiz schools had been visited by members of the Tablighi Jama’at (from the Seri Petaling mosque cluster) more than five times.

“For now, the positive rate among tahfiz students is 4.1%. That compares to the overall infection rate of only 1.3%,” he said.

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