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Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during a press briefing on the latest Covid-19 update at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya, on May 16, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

Health DG: Zero local transmissions among Malaysians for second time

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 — No Covid-19 local transmissions involving Malaysians were reported today, only the second time this has occurred after the first on June 9, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

He said up to noon today, 15 new cases of infection were recorded, taking the nation’s Covid-19 tally to 8,587 cases.

Of the 15, two were imported cases involving Malaysians who were infected abroad, while all 13 local transmissions involved non-Malaysians.

“As such, the number of Covid-19 active cases stands at 289. They have been isolated and given treatment,” he said at the Covid-19 media briefing here today.

Dr Noor Hisham said another 21 patients have recovered and were discharged today, which takes the number of recoveries to 8,177 cases or 95.2 per cent of the case tally.

Dr Noor Hisham said of the nine cases involving non-Malaysians, six cases were from the Pedas cluster in Negeri Sembilan; two cases were from close contacts with case 8,513 from a cleaning services company cluster in Selangor; and one case was from an individual at the Tawau Temporary Detention Centre in Sabah who underwent screening before being sent back to Indonesia.

As for the local transmissions involving four Malaysians, two of them were close contacts with case 8,535 from the Kidurong cluster in Sarawak; one who had just been sent to a lock-up in Melaka and one who underwent a pre-surgery screening at a hospital in Johor.

He added that 10 patients had recovered and were discharged today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 8,156 cases or 95.1 per cent of the case tally.

“Currently, three Covid-19 cases are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), but none are in need of ventilator support,” he said.

Meanwhile, he reminded the public to get the latest and verified Covid-19 information only from reliable sources.

As for new cases involving foreigners, Dr Noor Hisham said one of them was detected through pre-surgery screening done at Selayang Hospital in Selangor, while 12 more were from the Pedas cluster in Negeri Sembilan.

Dr Noor Hisham said to date, two Covid-19 positive cases were being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU) while there were no patients who require respiratory aid.

Also, no fatalities were reported today, which meant the death toll remains at 121 or 1.41 per cent of the case tally.

— Bernama

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