39 new Covid-19 cases, 2 new clusters

The 39 new cases involve 28 local transmissions and 11 import cases, bringing the overall total to 8,943

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA recorded 39 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the highest since the country started seeing double-digit new cases again.

The 39 new cases involved 28 local transmissions and 11 import cases, bringing the country’s overall total to 8,943. There are now 212 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, one patient was placed in the intensive care unit, with one more patient under ventilator support.

Six patients were discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 8,607, which equals to 96.2%.

No new deaths have been recorded yesterday, as the country’s death tally remains at 124.

Meanwhile, Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the Health Ministry (MoH) had identified two new Covid-19 clusters yesterday, namely the patient under investigation (PUI) Sivagangga cluster from India and the Satok cluster in Sarawak.

He said the PUI Sivagangga cluster index case involved a permanent resident who returned to Malaysia from India on July 13, who is the 8,937th case in the country.

“At first, his Covid-19 screening at the international entrance of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport came out negative and he was ordered to undergo the Home Surveillance Order.

“However, he had not complied with the conditions of the order and action was taken by the authorities. Repeated screening found him to be positive and he was admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

Following that, active case tracking activities and close contact screening have been carried out and as of yesterday, 28 close contacts were screened. Of the total, five tested positive of Covid-19, while 23 tested negative.

The index case is a restaurant owner and four positive cases from this cluster are non-citizen shopkeepers, while the other is a family member to the index case.

“All of them shared the same residence with the index case. The restaurant has been closed for cleaning and disinfection,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

The Satok cluster was detected at the popular Satok market in Kuching.

As of yesterday, a total of 229 traders have been screened for Covid-19 in the market of which four tested positive, while the rest were negative.

All positive cases were asymptomatic and were admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital. “Prevention and infection control activities at the market are being carried out. These include the cleaning and disinfection process for the premises and related facilities,” Dr Noor Hisham said.