Covid-19: 16 New Cases

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The Health Ministry has recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases today, with four recoveries.

Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the total cumulative number of positive cases to 8,831.

“Of the 16 cases, eight are imported cases while the other eight are locally transmitted cases,” he said in a statement on updates of Covid-19 infection today.

Four of the imported cases were Malaysians and another four involved permanent residents and those who were allowed to enter Malaysia for work.

He said the two imported cases were from India and China, and one each from Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, and South Korea.

“The local transmission cases involve one foreigner and seven Malaysians.

“The foreigner was tested positive during pre-screening before departure and was sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.”

He added the new infections involving locals were in Sarawak.

“Three cases are from the Stutong cluster and one from the Sentosa cluster.

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“Another one from a patient-under-investigation (PUI) from Melbourne, one from a screening of close contact to Case 8,695, while another one from screening before returning to work.”

Four patients have been discharged today, bringing Malaysia’s recovery total to 8,566 (96.9% of the total number of cases).

Dr Noor Hisham said five patients were receiving treatment at the intensive care unit with one placed on ventilator support.

With no new deaths, the toll remains at 123 (1.39% of the total number of cases).


Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has reported two new Covid-19 clusters today, namely the Hyde Park cluster and Melbourne Persons Under Investigation (PUI) cluster.

The Hyde Park cluster was detected on a ship in Port Klang where its index case is a non-Malaysian citizen who has a travel history to Egypt.

As for the Melbourne PUI cluster, its index case is a Malaysian student who returned from Australia on July 15 and tested positive for the virus on July 17.