Covid-19 recoveries outpace new infections, says health DG

PUTRAJAYA: There were 17 Covid-19 recoveries during the past 24 hours, narrowly outpacing the 14 new cases reported, the health ministry said.

The new cases push the total number of infected patients nationwide to 8,999, with 210 still active.

Only one case was imported – from the Philippines – while the remaining 13 were domestic transmissions, all involving Malaysians.

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

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two patients are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with one requiring respiratory assistance.

He said the number of discharged patients stood at 8,664.

In a statement, Noor Hisham said 11 of the 13 new local transmission cases were from the PUI Sivagangga cluster in Kedah, and two from Sabah, identified during screenings at the international border in Labuan.

He said 313 people in the Sivagangga cluster have been screened, with 20 testing positive, 280 negative and 13 awaiting results. All 20 positive cases – 15 Malaysians and five foreigners – are still active.

There are no cases in the ICU and no deaths have been reported so far.

The first of the two Labuan cases involved a student in Kuala Lumpur who arrived there from Sandakan. The second patient was from Penampang who went to Labuan for a holiday with his family.

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