DG: Eighteen new Covid-19 cases

The total death toll remains unchanged at 121 with no new death recorded since June 16

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by BERNAMA

HEALTH officials reported 18 new confirmed coronavirus cases yesterday, including four imported infections from among those returning abroad, bringing the cumulative total to 8,634 cases.

The four cases involved three Malaysians and one permanent resident who have all been recently allowed entry into the country. The other 14 cases were locally transmitted involving non-citizens, Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

Of the cases detected locally, nine are recurring cases from the Pedas cluster in Negri Sembilan, two from the Sepang immigration detention depot cluster, another two from Sabah and one in Kuala Lumpur (KL) involving a construction worker.

The total death toll remains unchanged at 121 with no new death recorded since June 16. The country also reported 10 recoveries, pushing the recovery count to 8,318 or 96.3% of total cases. This leaves Malaysia with 195 active cases. Two patients are under intensive care.

As of June 27, health authorities have conducted tests on 60,298 non-citizens. Of the total, 2,575 or 4.3% have tested positive, while 95.3% are negative with the remaining 282 cases awaiting results.

Dr Noor Hisham said 105 are still receiving treatment in hospitals, while 2,465 confirmed patients have recovered. Five deaths have been recorded from among non-citizens so far in Malaysia.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a separate update yesterday said a total of 6,609 individuals have been screened at KL International Airport to date, with 36 testing positive.

Those who have been cleared of Covid-19 are subjected to mandatory self-quarantine at home. A total of 454 Malaysian citizens had returned home on June 27 from Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Qatar and the Netherlands.

Four hundred and fifty-two will be quarantined at home for 14 days, while two have been taken to the hospital after showing symptoms. Another 148 individuals had entered through the country’s border in Johor and they have all been directed to self-isolate at home over the next two weeks.

Police checks on 427 individuals have shown that those returning from abroad have so far abided by the rules set. The government has announced plans to resume several activities, including party assemblies, social gathering and public pool activities from July 1 after more than three months of restriction. Some parts of the economy had been reopened since May 8.

The relaxation of lockdown measures imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19, however, has come with strict health guidelines to reduce transmission risks. These often comprise of body temperature checks, the placement of social-distancing markers and the wearing of face masks.