By Adrian Lim
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31: Malaysia reported six new Covid-19 cases and one new fatality today.
Health Minstry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press statement disclosed that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has now increased to 9,340.
“Out of the six new cases, four cases are imported which involved two citizens and two non-citizens. All four imported cases are in Selangor.
“There are two cases of local transmission which involved Malaysians. One of the cases is from the Tawar cluster and another case is from the Telaga cluster, both in Kedah,” he revealed.
The new fatality reported was a 62-year-old man who had diabetes and hypertension. The deceased is a patient from the Tawar cluster in Kedah who tested positive on August 13.
Dr Noor Hisham revealed the victim experienced coughing since Aug 11 and was admitted to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for medical treatment on Aug 13. However, the patient’s health deteriorated and he was intubated from Aug 19 until his death on Aug 30 at 10.35pm.
Thus, the Covid-19 death toll in Malaysia now stands at 127 persons.
Dr Noor Hisham added a new and isolated cluster called the Bunga cluster had been identified among staff of a ship which docked at Port Dickson Port in Negri Sembilan.
The ship which arrived from Singapore Port has a total of 34 crew members onboard who have undergone Covid-19 swab tests.
From the 34 crew members tested on Aug 28 for sign-in and sign-off from the ship, four tested positive and six individuals negative while the remaining 10 persons are awaiting laboratory results.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham disclosed there are 159 active Covid-19 cases in Malaysia with six patients being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of various health facilities and four patients on ventilators.
Six patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals. — DayakDaily