By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, July 3: Malaysia recorded a slight increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases as the nation recorded five new cases today as compared to three confirmed cases yesterday.
The information was revealed by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during a press conference at Putrajaya.
With the five new cases, Dr Noor Hisham said the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has increased to 8,648 cases.
“Three out of the five new cases are imported.
“Two cases of local transmission involved Malaysians who were detected following a swab test arising from referral cases to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
“There are no cases which involved non-citizens today,” he said when disclosing the statistics for the national Covid-19 updates at the Ministry of Health’s headquarters at Putrajaya.
As for the imported cases, Dr Noor Hisham noted they were Malaysians returnees from Qatar, Turkey and Oman.
He added there were 81 active Covid-19 cases in Malaysia while out of that amount, two patients were treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of health facilities and were on ventilators.
Dr Noor Hisham said there were nine patients who recovered from Covid-19 today adding that the total number of recoveries has risen to 8,446 cases.
He added there were no deaths reported while the death toll remained at 121 persons.
Going forward, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry will look into ways to increase the surveillance of Covid-19 in the community.
He said the Health Ministry is planning to battle Covid-19 for the long term and will empower the community to comply with the rules and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for their health and safety purposes.
Dr Noor Hisham said although Covid-19 cases in Malaysia have dropped to single digits recently, he reminded the public not to take it easy but need to adhere to the SOPs at all times as the country is yet to win the war against Covid-19. —DayakDaily