Covid-19: 21 New Cases

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Malaysia recorded 21 new coronavirus cases today, putting the cumulative number of Covid-19 infections at 8,556 to date, 289 of which are active cases.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that 19 of the 21 cases were local transmissions. The remaining two, a Malaysian and a permanent resident, were infected while abroad.

Of the 19 local new cases, seven involved foreigners living in the same house, seven more were from tahfiz schools and madrasahs, one was from Labu Lanjut in the Sepang cluster and one from an old folks’ home cluster.

Dr Noor Hisham said one health frontliner working in Taman Langat Murni and Taman Langat Utama, which has been placed under an administrative movement control order that ended on June 16, was infected.

He added that 4,697 residents in both areas were screened and nine were found positive for Covid-19.

On a positive note, Dr Noor Hisham said there were 76 new recoveries today, bringing a total of 8,146 patients or 95.2 percent recovered and discharged so far.

Three cases are undergoing treatment in the ICU but none were on ventilators.

There are no fatalities recorded today, leaving the total cumulative death cases in the country at 121 cases or 1.41 percent.

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Meanwhile, a new Covid-19 cluster has been detected in Labu Lanjut in Sepang with five new positive cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said the index case was a patient with Acute Respiratory Infection who was being treated at the Serdang Hospital.

“The patient was tested positive on June 5. Active Case Detection that was carried out found that 4 of the patients’ family members – 2 children and 2 grandchildren – have been tested positive with Covid-19 infection.

“Three of the family members are staying in the same house while one is staying elsewhere.

“Investigation and close contact tracing are still ongoing whereby a total of 29 individuals have been identified and screened,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that 25 close contacts of the Index patient were found to be negative and cause of the infection in the new cluster is still under investigation.

“However, the Covid-19 infection on this new cluster is suspected to be linked to visiting activity.

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“The ministry urges the public to always take precautionary measures when visiting especially when it involves the elderly and children,” he added.