6 new Covid-19 cases, all involving Malaysians

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry today announced six new Covid-19 cases, all involving Malaysians.

The new infections comprise four imported cases and two local infections in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

They bring the infection tally to 8,674, with 72 active cases still receiving treatment as of noon today. Two patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU), with both requiring respiratory assistance.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced that five recoveries were recorded over the last 24 hours, bringing the number of recovered patients to 8,481 or 97.8% of the total number of cases.

There were no new deaths, with the toll remaining at 121.

Noor Hisham said 647 imported cases were detected among returning Malaysians and permanent residents between April 3 and July 7.

This spanned the various phases of the movement control order (MCO), conditional MCO and recovery MCO. The breakdown of these cases:

  • Phase 2 MCO – 31 cases;
  • Phase 3 MCO – 317 cases;
  • Phase 4 MCO – 8 cases;
  • Conditional MCO – 205 cases;
  • Recovery MCO – 86 cases.

“Then, the government made it mandatory for all individuals returning from overseas to undergo a 14-day quarantine at gazetted quarantine centres nationwide.

““This measure was taken to control and prevent the spread of imported Covid-19 cases within the community,” he said.

Noor Hisham said that since June 10, those returning from overseas no longer needed to be quarantined at centres and only had to undergo quarantine at home for 14 days. This was known as the home surveillance order (HSO).

Since the HSO was implemented, no Covid-19 cases had been recorded among the family members of those undergoing surveillance, which was a positive sign.

He said the success of the HSO depended on adherence to the rules and urged all individuals returning to Malaysia to cooperate with the authorities and comply with the guidelines to break the chain of infection.

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