5 new Covid-19 cases today, 3 of them imported

PUTRAJAYA: Five new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health ministry today, bringing the total number of cases to 8,663, with 77 active cases.

Three of the new infections were imported cases while two were local transmissions.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said four patients had recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,465, or 97.7% of total cases.

Two patients were currently being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with both of them requiring respiratory assistance.

No new Covid-19 related deaths were reported. The death toll remains at 121.

The three imported cases involved two Malaysians and a permanent resident, who had returned from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The local cases were both Malaysians who were detected during screenings before their scheduled operations at Hospital Queen Elizabeth, Sabah, and a medical centre in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Noor Hisham said two more Covid-19 clusters had officially ended after completing the 28-day monitoring period without reporting any new cases.

These were the Gombak and Cheras apartment clusters, which involved 13 cases in total, with no deaths reported.

Noor Hisham said the first cases in both clusters were detected following screenings on tahfiz school and madrasah students, who are among the high-risk groups identified by the health ministry.

“The health ministry would like to congratulate all who have provided their services in case detection measures and in curbing further infections for these clusters,” he said.

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