MCO day 109: New daily Covid-19 cases at 10

PUTRAJAYA, 4 July 2020:

Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 new case tally returned to double digits today after 10 cases were reported overnight.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the 10, seven were imported cases, involving Malaysians who were infected abroad.

“Of the three local transmissions, one was a foreign national detainee in Seremban who had undergone screening before being transferred to prison.

“Among Malaysians, meanwhile, one positive case was reported in Kuala Lumpur during pre-surgery screening at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM), and this patient has been transferred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital,” he said in a statement on Covid-19 developments today.

The other local transmission was detected in Sabah – in which a health worker tested positive during screening upon completion of duty at a quarantine centre in Likas.

Dr Noor Hisham said this latest development brings Malaysia’s Covid-19 infection tally to 8,658 cases, with active cases at 76.

The total number of Covid-19 recoveries is now at 97.7% or 8,461 cases, including 15 cases reported today, he said, adding that the death toll remains at 121 cases or 1.39% of the overall case tally after no new deaths were reported.

“There are two cases being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with both requiring ventilator support.”

In a separate development, he said the observation period for the Pudu Cluster, a residential cluster in Kuala Lumpur – that was detected after the screening of a construction site worker – ended today.

“The first case for this cluster was detected on May 10 after workers at this construction site were screened. Until July 3, a total of 3,387 people were screened and 80 of them tested positive for Covid-19 (2.36%). A total of 97.5% from this cluster were non-Malaysians.”

He said they comprised 69 Bangladeshis, seven Myanmar nationals, two Indonesians and two Malaysians.

Meanwhile, a total of 47 individuals who returned from abroad from June 10 until yesterday (July 3) tested positive for Covid-19, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said they tested positive during the screenings conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) involving 10,278 individuals at KL International Airport (KLIA).

“Of the total, 10,231 individuals tested negative and underwent a mandatory quarantine process at their respective homes,” he said in a statement on the development of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) today.

Those tested positive were sent to the hospital for treatment

Ismail Sabri also said that a total of 1,171 Malaysians returned to the country yesterday via KLIA and klia2 from Indonesia, Singapore, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, China, Pakistan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and the Philippines.

Of the total, 1,164 individuals were ordered to undergo mandatory quarantine at their respective homes while seven individuals were sent to the hospital.

He said the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had monitored the level of compliance of 944 cases pertaining to the standard operating procedure (SOP) for home quarantine and all of them were found in full compliance.

Commenting on RMCO SOP compliance, Ismail Sabri said that the PDRM had detained 77 individuals for flouting the directives yesterday.

“Of these, 13 individuals are being remanded while 64 others issued with compounds. Among the offences include engaging in sports activities with physical contacts (15 cases), activities in pubs or night clubs (12 cases), and flouting the SOP (50 cases).”

Nine foreign nationals were also arrested for immigration offences in the 66 roadblocks set up across the country to curb cross-border crime, especially along the rat trails, he said.

– Bernama