New Covid-19 cases back to single digit

PUTRAJAYA: Seven new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health ministry today following a streak of double-digit cases in the last week.

This pushes the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,904, including 179 active cases.

Four of the new cases were imported cases from Pakistan, Russia, Australia and Indonesia and the remaining were domestic transmissions. Three of the domestic cases involved Malaysians, all from pre-surgery screenings in Sabah.

There were no new Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours, with the toll remaining at 124.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said no patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU).

In a statement, he also said one patient has recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,601.

Noor Hisham said there were no new cases reported in the 23 active clusters today.

He also announced that the Pedas cluster involving Negeri Sembilan and Melaka has officially ended after 28 days without any new infection. Fourteen Malaysians and 312 foreigners had been infected in this cluster but there were no deaths.

Meanwhile, the Bukit Tiram cluster, first reported on July 25, will be a new target group for the health ministry.

The cluster involves a Catholic church that had also conducted religious activities, with imported cases from the Philippines. However, he said the ministry was still identifying the source.

“Tracing activities will be carried out immediately. All close contacts at the religious centre have been identified.

“High-risk individuals and those closely associated with this group should carry out Covid-19 screening by themselves. If you find yourself with symptoms, contact the clinic or district health office immediately for treatment,” he said.

He urged the public not to stigmatise the group. “We should encourage them
to come forward to get tested,” he said.

On pre-surgery screenings, Noor Hisham said there have only been 32 positive cases out of 76,758 tests, or a positive rate of 0.1 %.

“The rate is low. However, we will continue carrying out screening to ensure surveillance in the community,” he said.

He said pre-surgery patients usually come in for other medical conditions such as appendicitis or kidney stones.

Noor Hisham noted the high number of global Covid-19 infections and reminded the public to continue adhering to the SOPs under the recovery movement control order (RMCO).

He also reminded them that face masks will be mandatory in public places from Aug 1.