Five Langkawi-bound individuals tested positive for Covid-19

Five individuals tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing screenings at air and sea entryway to Langkawi Island as of noon yesterday, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Dr Noor Hisham said all the positive cases were under Category 1 and asymptomatic.

“They have been ordered to undergo Home Surveillance and Observation (HSO) and to be isolated for a period of 10 days,” he said in a statement here today.

He said as of noon yesterday, a total of 2,546 people were screened at the air and sea entryway to the resort island of which 1,250 people were screened at four airport entryways while 1,296 people at the Kuala Perlis ferry terminal.

He said of the total, six people underwent their own RT-PCR tests before arriving at the airport, and all the results were negative, while 12 children under six did not undergo the test and were allowed to leave with their families.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham reminded tourists who experience symptoms during their visit or after returning from their trip to immediately seek treatment or conduct self-tests to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“If we take lightly the flexibility that has been given, it is not impossible for the infection situation to get worse,” he said adding that the government must also ensure the holidaymakers to be fully vaccinated, not COVID-19 positive cases and not close contacts to positive cases.

He added that the Ministry of Health (MOH) will continue to improve and facilitate the process and implementation of COVID-19 screenings to ensure they run smoothly and effectively.

Earlier, Bernama reported that COVID-19 cases in Malaysia dropped slightly to 18,815 today from 19,495 yesterday, said Dr Noor Hisham.

In infographics shared on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, he said this brought the cumulative number of positive cases to 2,049,750.

According to him, Sarawak still recorded the highest daily number of cases with 3,660, followed by Selangor (2,718) and Johor (2,206).

Five states also recorded more than 1,000 new cases, namely Sabah with 1,982 cases, Penang (1,777), Perak (1,446), Kedah (1,233) and Kelantan (1,222).

The states which recorded cases below four figures were Terengganu (814), Pahang (712), Kuala Lumpur (493), Melaka (269), Negeri Sembilan (170), Perlis (80), Putrajaya (22) and Labuan (11).

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the bed occupancy rate in the intensive care unit (ICU) of COVID-19 hospitals nationwide as of yesterday was 81 per cent of 1,579 beds, while that for non-ICU beds was 71 per cent of 17,155 beds. –BERNAMA