Covid-19: 9 New Cases

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The Health Ministry announced nine new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia as of noon today.

This brings the total number of infections in the country to 8,840 – 143 of which are active.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the nine cases, three are imported, while six are locally transmitted.

“Two of the three imported cases involve foreigners who had families who lived in Malaysia or who entered the country for work.

“The three imported cases are from Singapore, India, and the Philippines.

“Meanwhile, the six locally transmitted cases involve four Malaysians and two foreigners,” he said at his press conference today.

Three of the four Malaysians are in Sarawak and linked to the Stutong, Sentosa and Kuching engineering clusters.

“One other case is still being investigated. The patient is asymptomatic and has been admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital.

“The two cases involving foreigners involve one case in Sabah, who was screened before being released from prison; and one case in Kelantan, who was screened before being moved to the Tanah Merah Immigration detention depot,” added Dr Noor Hisham.

Another eight patients have recovered and been discharged, increasing the number of recoveries to 8,574 cases, or 9%.

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Dr Noor Hisham said that to date, five positive cases are being treated in the intensive care unit, with two needing ventilators.

No deaths were reported. – NST