Malaysia records 18 new Covid-19 cases including 10 from Sarawak

The situation of the Covid-19 in Malaysia as at July 17. Source: Ministry of Health Malaysia.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, July 17: Malaysia recorded 18 new positive cases of Covid-19 today with 10 of them derived from Sarawak.

The information was revealed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in a press statement.

MoH said out of the 18 new cases, 10 were imported while the balance of eight cases were local transmission.

MoH asserted that eight cases of local transmission involved six Malaysians and two foreigners.


As for the 10 imported cases, MoH said seven cases involved Malaysians and three cases involved foreigners.

As for the details of the cases, MoH said 10 cases were detected in Sarawak, four cases in Selangor, two cases in Terengganu and one case each in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur.

For the cases in Sarawak, Health Ministry said one case was detected following a Covid-19 swab test for a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) patient at the Sarawak General Hospital, one case was a close contact to a healthcare worker, two cases from swab test at offices, two cases from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) Jupiter Tanker which involved foreigners and four imported cases from Sarawakians returning back from Australia.

The Health Ministry said all of them were asymptomatic.

The details of the new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia as at July 17. Source: Ministry of Health Malaysia.

As for the two cases in Terengganu, MoH said they were linked to case 8,737 whereby one is the wife and the other is the child of the case, adding that both of them were also asymptomatic.

For the cases in Selangor, three were imported while one was local transmission.

The three imported cases involved two Malaysian returnees from Kazakhstan and one from Qatar.

For the case in Sabah, it was an imported case from a foreigner who returned to the state from Pakistan.

For the case in Kuala Lumpur, it involved a foreigner who was a housemate to case number 8,730 and was admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital after testing positive with rapid test polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

With the 18 new cases, MoH asserted that the cumulative number of Covid-19 in Malaysia has increased to 8,755 cases.

The Health Ministry revealed that there were three Covid-19 patients who recovered and were discharged from the hospitals today.

It added the active Covid-19 cases in Malaysia was 92 cases with three patients being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of health facilities with none on ventilators.

MoH said there were no new deaths reported while the death toll due to Covid-19 in Malaysia stood at 122 persons. —DayakDaily