9 new Covid-19 cases, none from Sivagangga cluster

PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry this evening confirmed nine new Covid-19 infections, including five imported cases.

The total number of cases stands at 9,103.

There were also six recoveries as of noon today, pushing the total number of patients discharged to 8,809.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were no new positive cases reported in the Sivagangga cluster – which remains at 45 positive cases.

The nation’s most active cluster, the Sivagangga cluster has recorded cases in Kedah (31 cases), Perlis (11) and Penang (three).

A total of 5,645 individuals have been screened in the three states in relation to the cluster, with 5,036 tests returning negative and 564 people still awaiting results.

There were also no new cases in the Kurau cluster in Perak, which remains at five positive cases.

“Contact tracing is still ongoing for these two clusters, and we will update the public on the latest situation from time to time,” said Noor Hisham.

Of today’s four local cases, three are from Kuala Lumpur while one is from Sabah – all of whom are foreigners. The three cases in Kuala Lumpur are detainees at the Bukit Jalil immigration depot who tested positive during a screening as part of the repatriation process.

The five imported cases involved three Malaysians and two foreigners who had returned from Japan, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Singapore.

Of the five imported cases, three were recorded in Kuala Lumpur while the other two were in Selangor and Johor.