15 new Covid-19 cases

PUTRAJAYA: Fifteen new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health ministry today, pushing the total number of infected patients nationwide so far to 9,038, with 200 active cases.

Of the 15 new cases, only five are imported cases and the remaining 10 are domestic transmissions. Eight of the 10 local transmissions involve Malaysians while two are foreigners.

There was no new Covid-19 related deaths today and the death toll remains at 125.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two patients were being treated in the intensive care unit, with one requiring respiratory assistance.

He said 11 patients had recovered, bringing the total number of patients discharged so far to 8,713 or 96.4% of the total cases.

The five imported cases involved three Malaysians and two foreigners.

Four cases were from the Philippines and one from South Africa.

On the domestic transmissions involving Malaysians, Noor Hisham said six were from the Sivagangga cluster.

One case was identified at a workplace screening in Negeri Sembilan and one from screenings at the international border at Labuan.

On cases involving foreigners, Noor Hisham said one was an illegal immigrant in Negeri Sembilan and another was from Kuala Lumpur.

On the Sivagangga cluster, he said of the 2,351 people screened as at Aug 6, 30 were positive, 1,617 negative and the rest were still awaiting their results.

He said there were six new cases from the cluster today. One of them (case 9,032) was a close contact with one of their family members who had visited a restaurant involved in the cluster.

The five other cases involved a family.

They had a history of visiting one of the areas that is currently under the enhanced movement control order in Kedah.

The source of infection in the family is still under investigation.