Dr Noor Hisham: Nine new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, two from community transmissions

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia recorded nine new Covid-19 infections today, seven of which were imported cases. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia recorded nine new Covid-19 infections today, seven of which were imported cases. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, AUG 1 — Malaysia recorded nine new Covid-19 infections today, seven of which were imported cases.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the imported cases involved two travellers returning from India, and one case each of travellers who flew in from the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Switzerland, the Philippines, and Pakistan.

The remaining two new cases from local transmission, Dr Noor Hisham said, involved one local and one foreigner, as the number of local Covid-19 infections now stands at 8,985.

“As such, the number of active cases with Covid-19 infectivity now stands at 213 cases,” he said.

Of the two cases detected within the community, Dr Noor Hisham said the case involving the local was a person-under-investigations as part of the Sivagangga cluster, while the Bukit Tiram cluster in Johor saw one more foreigner test positive.

Three more patients were discharged, bringing the recovery rate to 96.2 per cent with 8,647 discharged with no new deaths recorded, leaving the mortality rate 1.39 per cent or 125 deaths.

He said to date, two Covid-19 patients are in intensive care with one patient requiring breathing assistance.

Dr Noor Hisham again reminded Malaysians to avoid crowded places, confined spaces and close conversations, while practising the three Ws — constantly washing hands, wearing face masks and adhering to the warnings of the Health Ministry.

He also urged the public to adhere to the mandatory wearing of face masks in crowded public places starting today.

“However, one has to remember that the use of face masks must be accompanied with constant washing of hands and safe physical distancing, which is at least one metre apart from the next person,” he added.

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