20 new Covid-19 cases raise national total to 7,877

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 2: The Ministry of Health confirmed 20 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the national tally to 7,877.

Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the total, 15 were imported cases from overseas, while the remaining five cases were local transmissions consisting of two Malaysians and three foreigners.

“Of the Malaysians infected, one was detected through health screening at the Labuan Ferry Terminal involving a cook who returned from Beaufort, Sabah and the other was linked to the Pedas cluster in Negeri Sembilan,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 in Putrajaya today.

There were no Covid-19 fatalities reported for the 11th consecutive days, leaving the country’s death toll from the infectious disease unchanged at 115.

“A total of 66 patients have recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours, bringing the total cumulative discharged cases to 6,470 or 82.14 per cent of total positive cases.

“Currently, there are 1,292 active cases being treated in hospitals nationwide,” he said.

To date, six patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), out of which, two require respiratory support.

As for the new cluster from a condominium in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Dr Noor Hisham disclosed that the first case has been identified from the health screening of a tahfiz student.

However, he revealed, from investigations carried out, no students, teachers or staff from the tahfiz centre attended the Sri Petaling tabligh event.

“As of now, there are six cases in this cluster with three residents of the condominium and three cases outside the condominium. They were detected due to the Active Case Detection operation.

“The positive cases are family members and friends of the first case detected and the cause is still being investigated,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham pointed out that there was a possibility that the local transmissions were due to visiting activities before and during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“As such, contact tracing for all the six cases have been carried out. A total of 120 individuals have been identified and screened, of which six cases were positive, 76 were negative and 38 are awaiting laboratory test results,” he added.

Various measures including sanitising and cleaning as well as isolating contacts have been implemented to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the area. — DayakDaily