KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported 31 new Covid-19 cases comprising 20 local transmissions, of which 19 were foreigners and only one Malaysian.
Eleven cases were imported infections. The 19 local transmission involving foreigners comprised 16 cases from the Pedas factory cluster in Negri Sembilan, and one case each from the clusters in Kampung Sungai Lui, Selangor; Kuala Lumpur cleaning factory; and Kuala Lumpur workers’ screening.
The single infected Malaysian was identified from a screening of tahfiz schools in Selangor.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia would be declared free of Covid-19 if no new cases were recorded for 28 consecutive days, which is the length of two incubation periods for the virus.
The incubation period for Covid-19 can be up to 14 days, which is the time between getting infected and displaying symptoms, during which a person may be able to transmit the virus before symptom onset.
“Looking now, to end a cluster, we take 28 days of monitoring, which is two incubation cycles.
“So if we use the monitoring of 28 days, that means, if we have zero cases for 28 days, we’ll declare free of Covid-19. That’s our guideline,” Dr Noor Hisham told a press conference.
No new death from Covid-19 was reported today, with the death toll remaining at 118 fatalities, or 1.41 per cent from the total 8,369 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.
Total active infectious cases number at 1,186. Five Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care, with none on ventilator support.