Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia records 172 new Covid-19 cases today, of which 159 are non-Malaysians

Soo Wern Jun


Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference on Covid-19 in Putrajaya May 25, 2020. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Malaysia recorded 172 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total to 7,417 cases.

Out of the 172 cases, five are imported cases while 167 are local transmissions, where 159 are non-Malaysians, and only eight are Malaysians, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,323.

“Eight cases are being treated at intensive care units, where four are in need of ventilators.

“No death was recorded today. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 115,” he said during the Health Ministry’s (MOH) daily briefing on Covid-19.

Of the local transmissions, 112 were detected at three immigration detention depots — Bukit Jalil, Sepang and Semenyih.

“MOH wishes to announce that a new Covid-19 cluster has been detected at the Sepang Immigration Detention Depot as of noon today.

“Twenty-nine new cases were detected at the Sepang Immigration Detention Depot today, which brings the total number of positive cases at the detention depot to 36. The positive cases were detected from the 1,449 samples taken; 540 tested negative while 873 are still awaiting results,” said Dr Noor Hisham. 

As for the Bukit Jalil cluster, 1,536 samples were taken — from 1,422 detainees and 114 staff — where 126 were reported as positive, 514 negative and 896 awaiting results, he said. 

“For the Semenyih cluster, 1,757 samples were taken from 1,630 detainees and 127 staff. Sixty-six were found positive, 753 were negative while 938 samples await results,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham has assured that the situation at these detention centres is under control and that they are not accessible to the public.

The last time three-digit Covid-19 cases were recorded was on May 3, with 122 cases, while on April 14, there were 170 cases.  

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