KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 – Health authorities have discovered 69 sporadic Covid-19 cases that were not related to any clusters, indicating community spread of coronavirus in Malaysia.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) daily screening among cases of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) yielded 69 positive Covid-19 test results, while 7,956 tested negative.
“So, we do have sporadic cases, but not a lot; only 69. We don’t know the origin of infection of these cases,” Dr Noor Hisham told a press conference today.
“Some sporadic cases had history related to the Sri Petaling gathering, or the church gathering in Kuching. Those are not sporadic. But these 69 cases, we don’t know where they got their infections,” he added.
As at 12pm today, MOH has recorded 170 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 3,964 cases. A total of 92 patients are currently being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), of which 50 need ventilator support.
Another death was recorded today, involving a 71-year-old Malaysian citizen (Case 3,794) from Perlis. He had attended a religious gathering in Sulawesi, Indonesia last month. His death brings the total death toll to 63.
On the bright side, 80 cases recovered fully today, bringing the total of patients allowed to be discharged from hospital to 1,321 cases (33.33 per cent of total number of cases).