A total of 21 new Covid-19 cases were reported to the Health Ministry over the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative tally of infections in the country to 8,861.
Today’s infection total marks a jump from yesterday’s tally of nine.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were five imported cases – three Malaysians and two foreigners – and they were from Singapore, Australia, the Philippines, Pakistan and Qatar.
Of the 16 cases of local transmission, 13 were Malaysians. Eight of them were from the Sentosa cluster in Sarawak.
The locally infected foreigners were from the Kluang old folk’s home cluster (one) and the Elsa cluster in Pahang (two).
Dr Noor Hisham also announced that three Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals as of noon today, raising the number of recoveries from the infection to 8,577.
He added that 161 active cases are still being treated at health facilities across the country.
“Five patients are being treated in the intensive care unit, two of which are intubated,” he said in a post on his social media accounts on the Covid-19 situation in the country.
Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll remains at 123, with no fatalities reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) today, Dr Noor Hisham said.
He also announced three new Covid-19 clusters — the Elsa Cluster in Pahang, PUI Ramnad Cluster in Kuala Lumpur and PUI Al Khobar Cluster in Selangor – were detected in Malaysia today.
He said the index case for the Elsa Cluster is a foreigner while those for the PUI Ramnad and PUI Al Khobar Clusters are Malaysians.