Covid-19: 24 New Cases

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The daily new positive Covid-19 cases as at noon today dropped to 24 from 100 yesterday, bringing the total cases in Malaysia to 9,583 since the pandemic struck.

There are currently 312 active cases that had been isolated and treated, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

Of the 24 new cases, six are import cases where the patients had contracted Covid-19 abroad, comprising three Malaysians and three non-citizens.

He said the patients of the import cases were infected in Bangladesh (two cases – one in Negeri Sembilan and the other in Kuala Lumpur), China (one case in Sabah), Indonesia (one case in Sabah), Singapore (one case in Sarawak) and South Korea (one case in Selangor).

“The import cases involving non-citizens had entered Malaysia before the implementation of the entry restriction (of long-term pass holders for citizens of India, the Philippines and Indonesia) on Sept 7.

“Two cases had arrived from Bangladesh to Malaysia on Sept 6 and they were screened on the same day. One case from China arrived here on Sept 5 and was tested the next day.

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“Their results were confirmed positive of Covid-19 today. The same goes for several import cases that were reported yesterday,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

For the 18 local transmission cases, 16 are Malaysians while the rest are non-citizens.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were seven patients currently being treated at the intensive care unit with four requiring ventilator support.

He said seven patients had recovered from Covid-19 as of today.

There are no new deaths reported and the fatality rate remains at 128.

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Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said there were spikes in cases from the Sungai, Telaga, Tawar and the Benteng LD clusters today.

He said there were 16 cases in Kedah where 13 are from the Sungai Cluster. The remaining three cases were each from the Tawar Cluster, the Telaga Cluster and of a patient tested positive during a screening at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

In Sabah, there are two new cases from the Benteng Lahad Datu Cluster.

On screenings for possible cases stemming from the Sungai Cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said 1,901 screenings have been conducted in three states.

In Kedah, out of 1,056 screened, there are 38 positive cases of which 13 are new. The test results of 432 returned negative while 586 are still pending.

In Penang, 31 screenings were carried out – one person was tested negative while the rest are awaiting results.

In Perlis, out of four people screened, one was tested positive while the results for three others have not returned.

As for the Telaga Cluster, 4,537 people had been screened and 11 new cases were detected, including one reported today. Tests on 4,399 individuals turned out negative while 127 more are awaiting results.

For the cluster, 47 people were screened in Penang where 46 were tested negative and one awaiting results.

As for the Tawar Cluster, 18,233 people were screened in Kedah, Penang and Perak.

In Kedah, out of 17,659 individuals screened, 68 were found positive, including one new case that was reported today, while the rest were negatives.

In Penang, 11 out of 563 people tested were confirmed positive while another 11 in Perak were negatives.

In the Benteng Lahad Datu Cluster, 2,349 people were screened in Tawau and Sabah.

In Tawau, out of 1,814 screenings, 43 were found positive, including two new cases reported today, while 625 were negatives and 1,146 awaiting results.

In Lahad Datu, 535 people were screened where there are 87 positive cases, 287 negatives while the results of 161 are still pending. – NST