20 new cases recorded yesterday with no death reported, death toll still at 115
by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
MALAYSIA continued its positive streak when no death due to Covid-19 was reported for 11 consecutive days, maintaining the death toll at 115, or 1.46% of total cases.
As for new cases, 20 were recorded yesterday, involving 15 import cases, with the remaining being local transmissions involving two Malaysians and three foreigners.
Among the active cases, six were placed in the intensive care unit, with two of them required respiratory aid.
The increase in new cases brought the current active cases to 1,292 and the country’s overall total to 7,877.
Similarly, 66 patients recovered, increasing the recovered cases percentage to 82.1%, which equals to 6,470 as of yesterday.
The Health Ministry (MoH) has identified a new cluster in a Cheras apartment involving six cases.
While the source of infection is still being investigated, Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said it is highly possible that the cases were related to visitations during the festive season.
He also noted that the first case from the cluster was a tahfiz school student detected in screening initiatives by the MoH and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia.
“However, based on our investigations, none of the students, teachers or staff from the particular tahfiz school had attended the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the government is open to the idea of businesses being innovative in their management in line with the government’s standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines to avoid the risk of Covid-19 infections.
“We need business owners to promote their sales by adhering to social distancing guidelines and crowd control measures. Maybe it can be done through appointments or online.
“Sales promotion itself is not an issue here if we open up the business sectors. The issue is overcrowding and the need for social distancing,” he said in his daily Covid-19 updates yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham added that the government needs to revive the economy with more sales promotions, but with adherence to SOPs.
Previously, Dr Noor Hisham said more economic sectors can be reopened if the country continues to record low Covid-19 cases, adding that Malaysians have been showing good adherence to the SOP enforced under the Conditional Movement Control Order.