PUTRAJAYA: Forty-one new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health ministry today, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,494, including 973 active cases.
There were no new deaths during the past 24 hours, with the toll remaining at 121.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said there were 54 recoveries, bringing the total number of those discharged to 7,400.
He said four patients were being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) with none requiring respiratory assistance.
Noor Hisham of the 41 new cases, three were imported from Singapore, involving a 13-year-old female student, a 54-year-old man, and a nine-month-old girl.
He said there were 31 local transmissions, comprising 14 detainees at the Malaysian Immigration Academy in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, who were transferred from the Bukit Jalil Immigration Depot, 15 from the Pedas cluster and two were from the cleaning company cluster.
Another was a foreigner in Kuala Lumpur who had been sent for screening by his employer.
The remaining cases involved Malaysians from Selangor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, including two cases from tahfiz schools.
He said 17,530 samples from 23,020 workers, students and teachers from tahfiz schools and madrasahs had been taken so far.
A total of 720 cases were positive, including 622, or 86.4%, which were asymptomatic.
Fewer test samples from private labs
On the fewer test samples from private laboratories today, Noor Hisham said this was because they have yet to update the number of negative samples with the ministry.
He said there were 53 labs testing for Covid-19 as of June 14, with a total maximum capacity of 34,951 tests a day.
“There were glitches during the last two days, whereby the negative samples were not submitted to us,” he said, adding that the ministry was looking to integrate data systems between the private sector with the system used by government labs called the public health laboratory information system or SIMKA.
He said not everybody was entitled to free Covid-19 testing.
“We only test Patients Under Investigation (PUI), those coming home from overseas, or the acute case detection group or close contacts.
“If an individual does not meet any of the three criteria, they can carry out testing at private labs, not MoH labs,” he said.
Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said the ministry was considering two shifts at government clinics to reduce congestion and extend opening times.
“It’s a good proposal but before we do this, we need to look at the human resources at the ministry or perhaps getting additional staff,” he said.
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