Covid-19: Malaysia records 103 new positive cases, mostly foreign workers

Dr Noor Hisham addressing the media during the daily Covid-19 updates at Putrajaya today. Photo Credit: Radio Television Malaysia (RTM).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 29: Malaysia today reported 103 new positive cases of Covid-19 with no fatality.

With the additional number of positive cases, the number of cumulative positive cases of Covid-19 in Malaysia has risen to 7,732 as of May 29.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah disclosed that most of the new positive Covid-19 cases reported today were derived from non-citizens in particular foreign workers.

“We wish to inform that out of the 103 new positive cases, seven cases were imported due to infection from overseas.

“From 96 cases which involved local transmission, 84 cases involved non-citizens, whereby 53 cases were detected from the Pedas Cluster and 24 cases from a cluster of a cleaning services company.

“Therefore, there were only 12 cases of local transmission which involved Malaysians,” he said during the Covid-19 updates at MoH headquarters in Putrajaya today.

Dr Noor Hisham added MoH had also identified a new Covid-19 cluster linked to a cleaning services company involving 24 Bangladeshi.

He explained that all the Bangladeshi working at the cleaning services company had tested positive following an initiative by the company’s employer who required the foreign workers to perform Covid-19 swab test.

Dr Noor Hisham stated that most of the foreign workers contracted Covid-19 due to their living conditions staying at quarters in confined spacing close to each other with no social distancing being practised.

At the same time, Dr Noor Hisham asserted that 80 per cent of the Covid-19 cases among foreign workers were asymptomatic.

Meanwhile, he disclosed that there are still 1,382 active cases of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

He also disclosed that there were 66 patients who have recovered from Covid-19 and discharged from hospitals today.

As such, he noted the cumulative number of patients who have recovered and discharged from Covid-19 in Malaysia stood at 6,235 cases today or 80.6 per cent of total cases.—DayakDaily