9 new Covid-19 cases, including 7 imported

PUTRAJAYA: Nine new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health ministry today, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 8,985 with 213 active cases.

Seven were imported cases and the remaining two were domestic transmissions.

There were no new Covid-19 related deaths, with the toll remaining at 125.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said three patients have recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,647.

In a statement, he said two patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with one requiring respiratory assistance.

The seven imported cases involved five Malaysians and two foreigners.

The cases were imported from India, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Switzerland, the Philippines and Pakistan.

Of the two local transmissions, one patient was a Malaysian from the PUI Sivagangga cluster in Kedah, and the other a foreigner.

The foreigner, who had contracted the disease in the country, was from the Bukit Tiram religious centre cluster in Johor.

Noor Hisham said the foreigner was the first positive Covid-19 patient from the cluster and had contracted the disease from outside of the state.

He said 135 people from the Johor cluster had been screened, with 10 testing positive, 124 negative and one awaiting the lab results.

Four of the 10 positive cases involved foreign nationals. The latest positive case (No. 8,977) was a close contact of another patient (No. 8,893) from Johor. They had stayed together in Selangor from July 16 to 19.

Patient No. 8,977 was identified and given a home surveillance order. A second screening was conducted when he started having symptoms such as cough and sore throat. He was found positive and is undergoing treatment at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.