8 new Covid-19 patients

PUTRAJAYA: Eight new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health ministry today.

This pushes the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,964, with 223 active cases.

Three were imported cases involving two Malaysians and one foreigner.

These were from Kazakhstan, the Philippines and one undocumented migrant who was arrested.

All five remaining domestic transmissions involved Malaysians. No domestic cases involving foreigners were reported.

There were no new Covid-19-related deaths reported by the health ministry today. The death toll remains at 124.

In a statement today, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said three patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). One needed respiratory assistance.

He said five patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,617 or 96.1% of all cases.

The imported cases involved two Malaysians who had returned home from Kazakhstan and the Philippines.

One case involved an Indonesian illegal immigrant who tested positive during a screening before being placed at the Kuah immigration depot in Langkawi.

On the five domestic cases, all were Malaysians. Three were identified during pre-operation screenings in Kuala Lumpur, Tawau in Sabah and Kuantan, Pahang.

The other two were screened and found positive at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah.

Meanwhile, on Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations, Noor Hisham advised the public to avoid throwing large gatherings.

The ministry also encouraged the use of face masks in crowded and confined spaces, especially if social distancing is difficult.