KUALA LUMPUR, August 5 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) today recorded 21 new Covid-19 cases, all involving Malaysians.
Of the newly reported cases, 15 were imported cases and six were local transmissions.
Three cases from the six community transmissions belong to the Sivagangga persons-under-investigation (PUI) cluster in Kedah. Two locally transmitted cases were detected in Sabah (one from a pre-surgery screening at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and another from pre-procedure screening at the Sabah Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
The sixth local transmission was detected from a pre-surgery screening at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru, Johor.
As of today, a total of 1,647 people have been screened under the Sivagangga cluster. Of these, 24 cases were detected with the coronavirus and 754 tested negative. The balance 869 people are still waiting for the test result.
The 24 Covid-19 patients from the Sivagangga PUI cluster consist of 19 Malaysians and five foreigners.
All the three new cases under this cluster were identified through close contact screening of positive cases, and identified as second-generation cases. Two of these cases were identified as close contacts of Patient 9,000.
They are in fact the children of Patient 9,021 and Patient 9,022. According to MOH, one of them had respiratory tract symptoms on July 30, but did not seek treatment at any health facility.
The third new case (Patient 9,023) was in close contact to Patient 8,976. He or she suffered from fever and respiratory symptoms on August 2 and received treatment at the Taman Selasih health clinic in Kulim, Kedah.
Malaysia also recorded 15 imported cases from Yemen (12), Papua New Guinea (1), Ivory Coast (1) and the United Kingdom (1).
All of the cases were isolated at the quarantine centre after their arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to prevent them from carrying the risk of infection to the local community.
MOH also stated that the implementation of strict international border control is important to impede the spread of Covid-19 among local communities.
So far, Malaysia has recorded 9,023 Covid-19 cases with 196 active patients who are still receiving treatment in hospitals.
Eighteen Covid-19 patients were discharged today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,702.
The death toll remains at 125 in the country, as no new Covid-19 death was recorded today.