Only 2 new Covid-19 cases, recoveries at 96.7%

PUTRAJAYA: Only two new Covid-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.

There were no new deaths, with the toll remaining at 121 for more than two weeks now.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said 20 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,354, or 96.7% of total cases.

The two new cases push the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,639, with 164 active cases still being treated. Four patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU) with one requiring respiratory assistance.

The new cases comprised one imported case and one local transmission, both of whom are Malaysians.

The local case was detected after pre-reference screening on a patient in Hospital Kota Belud in Sabah.

As several tourism and social subsectors will reopen from tomorrow, Noor Hisham warned Malaysians against being complacent despite the low number of cases recently.

He said the pandemic situation was worsening for certain countries, and cautioned the public to strictly adhere to guidelines and standard operating procedures set by Putrajaya.

“Most economic sectors have already been opened and are fully operational, while the number of cases in the community remains controlled. This shows that the country’s recovery has started, in balancing between life and livelihood.

“As more subsectors open on July 1, the government really needs the public’s cooperation to ensure that we can break the Covid-19 chain of infection,” he said.

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