Health DG: Zero local transmission among Malaysians

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by TMR FILE

THERE was zero local transmission of Covid-19 cases among Malaysians yesterday, as nine new cases involving five import cases and four non-citizens were recorded.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the five import cases were from Japan, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Singapore.

“All four cases of local transmissions in the country were non-citizens.  Three cases were detected at the Immigration Detention Depot in Bukit Jalil during a screening as part of the repatriation process.

“One more case was detected during a referral screening at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

The increase in new cases yesterday brings the country’s overall total to 9,103.

There are now 169 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, two cases were placed in intensive care unit, with none requiring respiratory aid.

Six patients were discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 8,809 or 96.7%.

No new deaths have been recorded, the country’s death tally remained at 125.

Additionally, Dr Noor Hisham said there were no new cases reported from both Sivagangga and Kurau clusters yesterday.

He noted that a total of 5,645 people from Kedah, Perlis and Penang have been screened in relation to the Sivagangga cluster.

Meanwhile, for the Kurau cluster, he said a total of 180 people have been screened from Perak and Penang.

“No new cases have been reported in both clusters. So, the positive cases remain at 45 for the Sivangangga cluster and five for the Kurau cluster,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry is carrying out active case tracking and close contact screening for both clusters and the situation will be updated to the public time to time.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 230 individuals were detained by the police yesterday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order regulations.

He said of the total, 13 were remanded and two were issued police bail, while the remaining 215 were issued compounds.

“The police also conducted 65 roadblocks and checked 27,200 vehicles. They arrested two individuals for immigration offences,” he said in a statement.

Under “Ops Benteng”, Ismail Sabri said the authorities arrested a total of 2,931 illegal immigrants, 625 skippers and 167 smugglers from May 1 to Aug 10.

The senior minister also added that a total of 9,498 individuals returned from abroad from July 24 until Aug 10.

“They have been quarantined in 58 hotels and five public training institutes nationwide,” he said.

He noted that of the total number of returnees, 20 individuals were sent to the hospital for treatment, while 1,896 were discharged and allowed to go home.

On another note, Ismail Sabri assured that the country has adequate supply of essential goods and it is able to meet consumer demands.