No local Covid-19 cases recorded again

PUTRAJAYA: No local Covid-19 infections were reported by the health ministry today, while three imported cases have brought the total number of cases to 8,677.

At a press conference today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said five patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,486, or 97.8% of total cases.

This means that the number of active cases is currently 70.

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

No new Covid-19-related deaths were reported, with the death toll remaining at 121.

The three imported cases comprised Malaysians returning from Sudan, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Noor Hisham also announced that the Kampung Sungai Lui cluster in Hulu Langat officially ended today, with no new cases reported in the past 28 days.

No deaths were reported from the cluster, but it had led to the locality being placed under lockdown in late March during the movement control order.

The cluster contributed to 211 positive cases, but no deaths were reported.

He also defended the decision to detain undocumented migrants in detention centres, saying the positive cases among them could have further spread the virus in the community.

“Can you imagine the outbreak if 277 of them (the positive cases from the depot) were in the community rather than the detention centres?

“Today, we have managed to control the spread in detention centres. If they had been in the community, they would have spread the virus to other people. This is why containment is important for us.”

He also refuted claims that undocumented migrants were discriminated against in Putrajaya’s handling of the pandemic, pointing out that the temporary hospital set up at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang, specifically to treat them, had cost the government millions.

“We have been fair; there’s no discrimination. When we do an enhanced MCO in an area, the locals, foreigners and illegals will be tested by us,” he said.

When queried on the source of infection for the depot centres, he said it could have been linked to the Sri Petaling mosque cluster as more than 200 of them had attended the tabligh gathering.

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