38 new Covid-19 cases, zero death yesterday

by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

MALAYSIA recorded 38 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the second-lowest daily number during the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the past week after the 36 cases that were reported last Monday.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country registered 100 new recoveries, which brought the total number of patients discharged to 3,862 to date or 66.8% of total cases.

Total positive Covid-19 cases stood at 5,780, while the total active cases kept declining to 1,820 cases.

Meanwhile, no new deaths were reported yesterday and the tally remains at 98 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said 36 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit, including 15 patients who need breathing support.

“As previously mentioned, the Health Ministry has intensified detection, screening, testing, isolation and treatment activities, especially to high-risk target groups with a targeted approach.

“This has been implemented in collaboration with various government agencies and non-governmental organisa- tions,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a briefing yesterday.

As of yesterday, he said a total of 21,466 individuals have been screened for Covid-19 in Enhanced MCO (EMCO) areas, of which 638 people were tested positive, with 61% of them or 388 cases being foreigners.

For Malaysians who are isolated at quarantine centres upon returning from overseas, Dr Noor Hisham said 139 people were found to be positive for Covid-19, out of the 12,672 individuals who have been tested.

Of the group, 99 cases were individuals who visited Indonesia, UK (14), Singapore (13), Turkey (5), Netherlands (3), US (2), Thailand (1), France (1) and Bangladesh (1).

“This indicates that the targeted approach taken by the government, thus far, has shown the results as desired. This is expected to help prevent infection among the high-risk group,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

He said detection rate for positive Covid-19 cases through close contact tracing is about 30%; between 2% and 2.9% for EMCO; 10% for the Sri Petaling cluster and about 5% for the tahfiz cluster.