Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia has only eight new Covid-19 cases today, but local transmissions outnumber imported cases

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of today’s new cases, three cases were imported — two are Malaysians and one a foreigner. — Bernama pic
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of today’s new cases, three cases were imported — two are Malaysians and one a foreigner. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — Malaysia today recorded eight new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 8,964 cases.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of today’s new cases, three cases were imported — two are Malaysians and one a foreigner.

The Malaysians had returned to the country from Kazakhstan and the Philippines, while the third case involved an illegal immigrant from Indonesia.

“Of the five local cases, three are from Sabah while one apiece come from Kuala Lumpur and Sabah.

“That brings the total number of infectious cases to 223. From these numbers, three patients are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit with one individual in need of a ventilator,” Dr Noor Hisham said today during his daily Covid-19 briefing.

Besides that, Dr Noor Hisham said the Bukit Bintang cluster has become the 69th cluster to be officially closed.

There were 11 cases from the Bukit Bintang cluster, 10 of whom were non-Malaysians. No deaths were reported.

“There are still 24 active clusters left but none recorded new cases as of today.

“I would also like to report that our testing labs now have a capacity of 37,336 tests a day. Yesterday, we did 6,329 tests which is around 17 per cent,” he added.

For those participating in Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations, Dr Noor Hisham reminded everyone to wear a face mask whenever possible, especially if they are at close quarters.

“Please adhere to all the existing rules and SOPs during this celebratory period.

“We at the Ministry of Health urge everyone to be vigilant when it comes to washing hands, practising social distancing and wearing a face mask,” he said.

“This is everyone’s social responsibility.”

No deaths were reported today and the death toll in Malaysia remains at 124.

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