KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded today three new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.
Two local transmissions and an imported case were detected today. The first local transmission case was identified in Selangor during Covid-19 screening before blood cancer treatment. The second local transmission case was identified in Sabah during screening for work purposes.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 patients in the country to 8,637.
A total of 16 patients have been discharged from the hospital, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 8,334.
According to MOH, 182 patients are still receiving treatment in hospital. Four patients are being placed in the intensive care unit with one patient under ventilator support.
The death toll in the country remains at 121, as no new death was reported today.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that individuals who disobey the home surveillance order (HSO) can be punished.
As of June 10, a total 5,909 persons-under-surveillance (PUS) were discharged from quarantine centres and were kept under HSO in order to complete a 14-day quarantine period.
However, only 4,437 people underwent a Covid-19 test at public health clinics or private clinics on the 13th day of quarantine. Among them, three were detected with positive Covid-19, whereas 1,472 people have not done coronavirus testing.
“Please note that all individuals who have returned from abroad, including Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and those who were allowed to enter for work, are required put themselves under quarantine at their residence for 14 days, as stated in the guidelines of supervision and surveillance order,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a press meet today.
“Individuals under this order are also required to comply with a few steps as outlined in the Covid-19 management guidelines in Malaysia,” he added.
The conditions under Covid-19 management guidelines in Malaysia No.5 / 2020 (Annex 10a and 10b: Home Assessment Tool) are as below:
- Wear a face mask throughout the journey from the international entry point to the house.
- If you have symptoms, contact the nearby district health office.
- Inspection order bracelets should be worn throughout the time of supervision and surveillance.
- Undergo a Covid-19 test on the 13th day at private clinics or clinics accredited by MOH and get a copy of the test results.
- Attend the nearest district health office with the Covid-19 test result to get relief from HSO as well as to remove the bracelet on the 14th day.
Dr Noor Hisham also emphasised the importance of HSO to be followed by relevant parties to break the Covid-19 transmission chain successfully in the country.