5 new Covid-19 cases, all involving Malaysians

PUTRAJAYA: Five new Covid-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, all involving Malaysians.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said three were imported cases involving Malaysians, while the other two also involved Malaysians and have been referred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

He said there were nine recoveries and only 81 active cases left. The number of patients discharged so far is 8,446 or 97.7% of the total of 8,648 cases.

Two patients are still in the intensive care unit (ICU), with both requiring respiratory assistance.

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

Noor Hisham said although the number of cases had dropped to single digit for the past few days, Malaysians were still worried about being infected.

To stop the chain of transmission, he said, the health ministry would continue with surveillance and targeted testing which had been effective in fighting the virus.

He also said the movement control order had been effective in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Another major factor had been the immediate steps taken to curb the outbreak in new clusters. One of the biggest clusters was at Sri Petaling where 42,023 swabs were taken, with 3,375 people testing positive and 34 deaths.

On the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) Covid-19 hospital, Noor Hisham said there were only four patients left – two Malaysians and two foreigners. A total of 1,383 patients had been treated at the temporary hospital, he said.

He also urged tahfiz schools that were not registered with the Islamic Religious Department to do so and for proper SOPs to be followed.

Noor Hisham said the ministry would continue with surveillance testing to ensure that there was no spread of new cases.

“We will continue to look at certain areas to check if there is any increase in non- symptomatic cases,” he said.

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