Malaysia records 10 news cases, no fatality

For the locally transmitted cases, Health DG says both involve Malaysians categorised under the Tawar cluster

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MALAYSIA recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday, of which eight are imported cases that occurred abroad, bringing the country’s total active cases to 183.

Health Ministry (MoH) DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the imported cases include three cases detected in Sarawak from individuals who came from Japan, three individuals from Indonesia and one each from Maldives and Mexico.

Three of the imported cases’ patients are Malaysians while five are non-Malaysians.

“The new cases yesterday brought the total number of positive cases in Malaysia to 9,267 and 183 active cases, of which all have been isolated and received treatments,” he said in a statement.

For the locally transmitted cases, Dr Noor Hisham said both involve Malaysians categorised under the Tawar cluster in Kedah.

To date, 65 positive cases have been reported under the Tawar cluster after 3,286 individuals and close contacts in Kedah, Penang and Perak were tested for the coronavirus. 342 individuals in Perak under the cluster are still waiting for their test results.

For the Alam cluster in Bintulu, Sarawak, Dr Noor Hisham said three positive cases have been detected, bringing its total positive cases to 17 (at press time).

Eight Covid-19 patients are currently under the intensive care units while two patients required breathing assistance. As of yesterday, no fatality was recorded related to the coronavirus, maintaining Malaysia’s mortality rate at 125 cases or 1.35% of the total positive cases.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 15,866 Malaysians returned from 32 countries between July 24 and Aug 22, and are currently in quarantine at 67 hotels and five public training institutes.

“Of the total, 7,740 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine while 43 have been sent to hospitals for treatment. The remaining 8,083 individuals have been allowed to go home,” he said in a separate statement.

Ismail Sabri added that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) conducted 459 inspections at the individuals’ residences on Saturday, of which one individual has been subjected to action on defying the quarantine’s standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“PDRM and the officials from the MoH will regularly conduct inspections on the individuals who are subjected to the mandatory quarantine process to ensure that the SOPs are being obeyed,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said a total of 135 individuals were arrested on Saturday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order, where 123 were compounded and 12 were remanded.

He added that among the charges were failure to provide details of customers at business premises, not wearing face masks, taking part in public activities that violate social-distancing practice and extending the premises’ operating hours.

“The task force conducted 63,059 inspections on Saturday at 3,905 supermarkets, 5,533 restaurants and 1,682 hawker stalls, 1,689 factories, 3,630 banks and 844 government offices.

“The task force also inspected 1,175 land transportation terminals, 227 water terminals and 82 air terminals,” he said.