7 new Covid-19 cases, 1 discharged

PUTRAJAYA: Seven new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health ministry today, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,725.

Eighty-three of these cases are active.

There were no new deaths, with the toll remaining at 122.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said one patient recovered yesterday, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,520.

He said four patients were being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with three requiring respiratory assistance.

Noor Hisham said six of the seven new cases were imported, involving two Malaysians and four foreigners. The foreigners were either permanent residents or were allowed to enter the country for work purposes.

The other case was a local transmission involving a Malaysian from a new cluster in Melaka called “PUI Novgorod”. The cluster was traced to a Malaysian who had returned from Russia on July 5.

Noor Hisham also advised patients undergoing home quarantine to follow the guidelines set by the ministry to avoid transmissions among people living with them.

He said the guidelines include staying home throughout the entire quarantine period and limiting the number of visitors to the house.

“Record the names of the people who visit you and produce this information to the health ministry when asked,” he said.

He also reminded them to maintain social distancing even with family members or house-mates, and to constantly wear face masks if they had symptoms.

They should also refrain from sharing eating utensils and personal items such as toothbrushes with others living with them.

If they needed to leave the house for urgent reasons such as going to the clinic, they should wear face masks and avoid large crowds. They should also avoid public transport.

Noor Hisham reminded family members or friends welcoming those returning home from overseas to limit the number of people who pick them up from the airport.

“Avoid touching and use a face mask at all times throughout your journey,” he said.

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