Covid-19: No deaths in two days, 88 recoveries, 68 new cases — Health DG


PUTRAJAYA: There have not been any Covid-19 related fatalities reported in the country for two consecutive days, with the death toll remaining at 107 cases, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has said.

However, there were 68 new cases reported overnight, a slight rise from the day before, with 57 of them involving
non-Malaysians, he said.

“This brings the tally in Malaysia to 6,535 cases, with the total number of infectivity cases at 1,564 cases. They have been isolated and given treatment,” he said at the daily Covid-19 media briefing here yesterday.

Also, another 88 patients had fully recovered and were discharged yesterday, he added.

“As such, the total number of recovery and discharged cases stands at 4,864 patients – or 74.43 per cent of case tally,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said to date, 18 Covid-19 cases were being treated in the intensive care unit and from those, seven required ventilators.

Meanwhile, he said a new cluster had been identified at a factory in Pedas, Negeri Sembilan, comprising 60 new cases that involved 53 foreigners and seven Malaysians.

“The cluster was first identified after one worker there became ill and he had shown symptoms such as fever, cough, cold and breathing difficulties since April 5,” he said.

Following this, investigations and contact-tracing were done and so far, 786 individuals, comprising colleagues and family members had been screened, he added.

“Of these, 60 tested positive, 286 of them are free of the virus, and 440 more are awaiting results.

“The source of infection for this cluster is under investigation.

“The positive cases from this cluster involve seven Malaysians and 53 foreigners comprising 25 from Nepal, 18 from Bangladesh; eight from Indonesia, and two from Myanmar,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham reminded employers of economic sectors allowed to operate to adhere to the standard operating procedures set.

He said employers must allow and pay for workers to undergo health checks by registered medical practitioners, as stipulated under Section 60F of the Employment Act, as well as allow their workers to take paid medical leave or seek treatment should they show symptoms.

They are also advised to take preventive measures such as temperature and symptom checks before entering the work premises and to ensure handwashing facilities and sanitisers are made available. — Bernama