Five new Covid-19 cases, no new deaths

Three of the new infections were imported cases, while 2 were local transmissions


HEALTH officials reported five new confirmed coronavirus cases yesterday involving two local infections and three imported cases, bringing the cumulative total to 8,663 cases.

The two locally transmitted cases were both detected before surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah and a medical centre in Seremban, Negri Sembilan. Both patients are Malaysians, Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement yesterday.

The three imported infections involved two Malaysians and one foreigner, who is a permanent resident.

The overall death toll remains unchanged at 121 with no new deaths recorded since June 16. The country also reported four recoveries, pushing the recovery count to 8,465 or 97.7% of the total cases. This leaves Malaysia with 77 active cases. Two patients are under intensive care requiring respiratory support.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced the end of two more Covid-19 clusters yesterday — namely, the clusters in Gombak and an apartment in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (KL). The two were identified through active case detection linked to cases at religious schools, which have been cleared of infection since.

The Gombak cluster was first reported on May 18, after new infections were detected at a residential quarters in the area. 200 individuals were tested and five were positive for the virus in total.

In Cheras, a total of 144 individuals were tested with eight testing positive since June 1.

Only one case was an Indonesian citizen. The rest of the infections in both clusters were Malaysians.

“The ministry would like to congratulate all parties involved in giving their cooperation in detecting the cases and preventing the spread of the virus from this cluster,” Noor Hisham said.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) in a separate update yesterday said a total of 11,049 individuals have been screened at KL International Airport to date, with 48 testing positive. Those who have been cleared of Covid-19 are subjected to mandatory self-quarantine at home.

A total of 771 Malaysian citizens had returned home on July 4, from Singapore, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Thailand, Qatar, Australia and South Korea. One individual had been taken to the hospital after showing symptoms, while 770 will serve the self-quarantine directive at home for 14 days.

The minister said police checks on 803 home quarantined individuals have shown that those returning from abroad have so far abided by the rules set.

The government continues to ease restrictions on public life with the reopening of public pools and social gatherings permitted from July 1, after more than three months of restraint. Schools are also expected to be fully reopened later this month by July 22.

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.