13 new Covid-19 cases, 12 recoveries

PUTRAJAYA: Thirteen new Covid-19 cases were recorded today, including eight imported ones. The remaining five are local infections.

The new cases bring the total number so far to 8,696.

At a press conference today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 12 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,511, or 97.9% of the total number of cases.

This leaves the number of active cases at 64. Two patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with both requiring respiratory assistance.

No new deaths were reported, with the toll remaining at 121.

Noor Hisham said the eight new imported cases involve six Malaysians and two foreign nationals who are permanent residents.

The five local infections involve two Malaysians in Sarawak who displayed Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) symptoms, and a Malaysian in Kuala Lumpur who was screened before resuming work.

The remaining two cases involve foreign nationals being held at Bukit Jalil immigration depot. Both were screened as part of the repatriation process.

He also said the last patient receiving treatment at the Covid-19 Low-Risk Patient Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) has been discharged.

The temporary centre will cease operations on July 15.

“It began operations on April 16 and registered its first patient on April 21. Until July 10, the centre has treated 1,362 patients, the majority of whom are foreign nationals (86%) and rest Malaysian citizens,” he said.

Noor Hisham said with the exception of the two new cases from the Bukit Jalil immigration depot, there were no new cases from the remaining 11 active clusters.

“We are in the process of repatriating the detainees, and as part of the process, we screen them. They were screened before and now before they are sent back they are screened again.

“They were negative before (today’s cases). If they were positive, we would have isolated them and treated them in hospital,” he said, adding that they were asymptomatic.

“There is a possibility (the virus) was in the incubation period before they came to the detention centre.”

Noor Hisham said the health ministry would continue monitoring for Covid-19 cases, including through a clinical surveillance system to detect SARI cases in hospitals.

“Today, this surveillance system detected two positive cases who are Malaysians. As of July 10, as many as 20,897 samples have been taken, with 79 testing positive for Covid-19,” he said.

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