Nine new Covid-19 infections today only involved two local transmissions, said Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
One involved a foreigner in Selangor, the first cross-border case from the Bukit Tiram cluster in Johor, said the director-general of health.
The second local transmission involved a Malaysian in Kedah, from the PUI Sivagangga cluster that originated with a person returning from India.
The nine new cases put the total number of active cases at 213.
The seven imported cases involve five Malaysians and two foreigners, who came back from India, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Switzerland, Philippines and Pakistan.
Three patients have also recovered, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,647.
He said to date, two Covid-19 patients are in intensive care with one patient requiring breathing assistance.
There were no deaths reported today, leaving the total at 125 from 8,895 total cases detected.
Noor Hisham also reminded people that mandatory wearing of face masks in crowded public places and on public transport was effective today, with a fine of RM1,000 for those who flouted the rule.
He said masks were not recommended for children below the age of two, for those with breathing difficulties and those who could not handle wearing or taking off a mask by themselves.
Medical-grade masks such as three-ply surgical masks are recommended for frontline healthcare workers, members of the public with respiratory illness symptoms and high-risk groups such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases.
Other members of the public may wear non-medical grade masks such as cloth masks, but Noor Hisham said their effectiveness would depend on the fabric used and number of cloth layers.
More importantly, he said masks should not be shared.
“However, one has to remember that the use of face masks must be accompanied with constant washing of hands and safe physical distancing, which is at least one metre apart from the next person,” he added.