4 students from overseas among 15 new Covid-19 cases nationwide

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, August 13: Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says there are 15 new Covid-19 cases reported in Malaysia today, amounting to a cumulative number of 9,129 cases in the country.

With that, the total active Covid-19 cases which are subject to transmission have since yesterday increased to 183 and the patients are being isolated and treated in hospitals.

“Out of the 15 new cases today, four of them are import cases which have gotten the infection from overseas.

“Three were students returning from Indonesia and another one just came back from Yemen,” he said in a press conference on Covid-19 updates today.

He added that the remaining 11 locally-transmitted cases involved nine patients from a new cluster, Cluster Tawar in Kedah and another two from Kuala Lumpur.

“For the new cluster, it was found that many were gathering at Mukim Tawar, Kedah.

“The first case of the cluster (Case 9,113) is a male Malaysian who is a businessman who had history of attending a religious ceremony commemorating the death of his family member from July 31 to August 1.

“It was estimated that about 30 individuals have attended the ceremony,” he said, adding that Active Case Detection (ACD) and contact tracing are being carried out.

Until yesterday, 86 individuals including the first patient’s family members and other close contacts were screened and nine were found positive.

Besides that, Dr Noor Hisham also stated two positive Covid-19 cases that are receiving treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) and zero cases needing respiratory assistance.

He also noted four recoveries in the country with successful discharge amounting to 8,821 cumulative number of recovery cases or 96.6 per cent of total cases recorded. —DayakDaily