Covid-19: New cases jump to 41, with 32 involving non-citizens

KUALA LUMPUR (June 15): Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases jumped to 41 today from eight reported yesterday, raising the total infections in the country to 8,494.

Of the 41 new cases today, 38 were local transmissions, with 32 of them involving foreign workers while the six remaining cases involved Malaysians.

Meanwhile, the three other cases were imported, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today.

Providing the breakdown of cases involving migrant workers, 15 of them were linked to the Pedas cluster, 14 were detected among detainees at the Immigration Academy of Malaysia, who were transferred from the Bukit Jalil immigration depot where a cluster had emerged, while three involved people from cleaning companies.

As for the six cases involving Malaysians, the ones in Selangor involved an individual at a Kuala Selangor nursing home with Acute Respiratory Infection and a close contact of patient No. 8,294, while in Melaka the new case also involved a close contact, this time with patient No. 7,817.

Meanwhile, two cases were detected during a screening of tahfiz schools in Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, while another case was detected in Sabah, in which the patient had close contact with the 119th fatality.

There are currently 973 active cases. The number of active cases remained below the 900-mark for the second consecutive day, as Malaysia had 986 active cases yesterday.

This left four patients in the intensive care unit, said Noor Hisham.

Noor Hisham added that 54 patients have recovered and were discharged today, bringing the total cured cases to 7,400, accounting for 87.1% of the total number of cases.

No new deaths were recorded today, maintaining the Covid-19 death toll in the country at 121, translating into 1.42% of overall cases.

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