Dr Noor Hisham: 57 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia today, 43 of them involving foreign workers

Kenneth Tee

Health Director-General Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia has recorded 57 new Covid-19 cases today, of which only four were local transmissions between Malaysians— Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — Malaysia has recorded 57 new Covid-19 cases today, of which only four were local transmissions between Malaysians, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

Out of the 57 cases reported, 10 were imported cases while 43 local cases involved non-Malaysians, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,351.

Of the 43 local transmissions involving foreigners, 24 were detected at the Sepang immigration detention depots, 15 from three newly detected clusters in Pahang, one each from the Pudu and Kampung Sungai Lui clusters.

The two remaining non-Malaysian cases were a worker in Klang and an undocumented migrant being transferred to an immigration depot.

Today’s new infection figure means that Malaysia has recorded 7,819 overall cases of Covid-19 to date.

Dr Noor Hisham said there have also been 23 recoveries in the last 24 hours, with today’s recoveries giving Malaysia a total of 6,353 patients who have beaten Covid-19 or a recovery rate of 81.25 per cent of all cases.

No new deaths were reported today.

“Up to now, nine Covid-19 positive cases are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Of that amount, two cases require assistance breathing,” he said during the ministry’s daily Covid-19 press briefing here.

On the 10 imported Covid-19 cases reported, Dr Noor Hisham said seven of them were Malaysians returning from Egypt and one each from Japan, Singapore and Brunei.

As for the other three immigration detention depots of Bukit Jalil and Semenyih, Dr Noor Hisham said no new cases were reported with 349 non-Malaysians and one Malaysian testing positive so far.

Responding to a reporter’s question on whether the ministry has identified the source of infections in the immigration depots, Dr Noor Hisham said investigations were still ongoing to determine the source.

“What is important is that we have identified the positive cases and isolate them. This also includes isolating and quarantining those who have close contact with the positive patients for 14 days,” he said.

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