PUTRAJAYA, July 3 — Five new Covid-19 infection cases have been reported as a 12pm today, all of which involve Malaysians, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced this afternoon.
He said three of the five contracted the coronavirus while abroad and two were local transmissions.
“The two domestic cases were discovered in a pre-reference screening test at Hospital Queen Elizabeth in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and require breathing assistance. No cases have been reported among foreigners for today,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a press conference here.
Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases stand at 8,648 to date and 81 cases are still active.
Dr Noor Hisham said nine patients have recovered and were discharged today, putting the total number of recoveries at 8,446 cases.
No new deaths from Covid-19 occurred today. The fatalities to date remain at 121 or 1.4 per cent of all total cases.
As the number of active cases decreased to only a single digit in the past five days, the director-general said it is important to continue surveillance and to monitor for asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals in communities.
“The clinical surveillance initiative, which began on February 12, has since detected and recorded 113 Covid-19 cases, as of yesterday.
“These include 15 cases detected through influenza-like illness sampling out of 2,507 samples, 77 cases from the sampling of patients with severe acute respiratory infection out of 19,422 samples, and 21 cases from pre-operational sampling out of 51,870 samples,” he said.