Malaysia recorded 13 new Covid-19 cases as of Sunday (Aug 9), bringing total infections in the country to 9,083.
Out of the 13 new cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said nine were imported cases, while the rest were local transmissions.
The nine imported cases consist of five Malaysians and four foreigners.
On the local transmissions, Dr Noor Hisham said three cases were from Penang – two from the Sivagangga cluster, while the other was from the Kurau cluster.
He added that the other local transmission case was detected in Putrajaya from the Meranti cluster.
“There is one positive Covid-19 case that is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and no case required ventilator support,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
He also said that there were currently 174 active cases in the country.
Dr Noor Hisham added that nine patients have been discharged bringing the total cumulative discharged cases to 8,784.
He also said no death was recorded, keeping the death toll at 125 cases.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has detected two more new Covid-19 clusters – the Kurau Cluster in Penang and the Meranti Cluster in Putrajaya, said Dr Noor Hisham.
He said the Kurau Cluster involved two positive cases with the first, case number 9,050, reported on Aug 7, while the second, case number 9,082, was the brother-in-law of case 9,050.
“He (the second case) was detected through active case detection, and close contact screening. Following this, his family in Penang have also been screened.
“On Aug 9, 2020 (today), he was detected as positive for COVID-19 while his family members who have been screened so far (five people) have been found negative,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
Commenting further, he said to date, 115 close contacts have been screened with 106 found negative while nine more are waiting for the screening test results.
“Active detection and screening of close contacts are still being conducted,” he said.
On the Meranti Cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said the positive cases were detected yesterday when a health worker, case number 9,083, was found to be positive.
“The person had contact with case 8,968, which was a COVID-19 case detected through pre-surgery screening. Upon investigation, case 8,968 was found to have a history of getting treatment at the health facility where case 9,083 was working,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry was conducting close contact screening and active case detection activities with 15 individuals screened.
“The cause of the cluster infections is still being investigated,” he said.