COVID-19: Active cases dip below 100 – Health DG

by BERNAMA / pic by BERNAMA

The number of COVID-19 active cases in the country dipped under 100 today, with the recovery rate now standing at 97.6 per cent.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said 85 active cases were recorded today, while 62 patients have recovered and discharged, bringing cumulative recoveries to 8,437 cases.

“Three new cases were recorded today, bringing the total COVID-19 positive cases to 8,643. One is an imported case involving a Malaysian citizen, while another two were local transmissions involving non-Malaysians,” he said in a statement today.

Elaborating on the local transmissions, he said one of them was from the Bukit Bintang cluster here, which was detected in a second screening during quarantine, and another one was detected from screening upon entering a lock-up in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Dr Noor Hisham said the total positive cases for the Bukit Bintang cluster was 11, comprising 10 Bangladeshis and one local citizen.

“So far, some 304 people have been screened, involving 204 foreigners and 100 Malaysians, of which 293 people were found to be negative. The cause of infection in this cluster is being investigated,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said no additional COVID-19-related fatalities were reported overnight, keeping the cumulative death toll at 121 or 1.4 per cent of the total cases.

“There are two patients being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and both need ventilator support,” he said.

In a related development, he said 620 out of 5,804 individuals who were placed under the home surveillance order (HSO) must undergo a second screening for COVID-19 on the 13th day of their quarantine.

Therefore, Dr Noor Hisham said the district health offices together with the police were actively tracing the respective individuals.

“The Health Ministry wishes to remind that action can be taken against any individuals who violate regulations under this order. They can be fined or sent to jail or both,” he added.

He urged all travellers who returned to Malaysia to cooperate with the Health Ministery and comply with the regulations under the HSO.