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Malaysia’s active Covid-19 cases dip below 100 for first time, as recoveries continue to outpace new cases

KUALA LUMPUR (July 2): Malaysia’s active Covid-19 cases have dipped below the 100-level for the first time since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented on March 18.

Active cases dropped to 85 from 144 reported yesterday after 62 people were discharged while only three new infections were reported today, representing the lowest number of cases since March 9 (93).

Of the three new cases today, two were local transmissions involving foreigners while one was a Malaysian who was infected while overseas, according to the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

This means no local transmissions were recorded among Malaysians, he said in a statement today.

The local infections were detected from the Bukit Bintang cluster in Kuala Lumpur, and in Sabah, in which a detainee was screened before being sent to a lock-up in Kota Kinabalu.

With the new cases, the number of Covid-19 cumulative cases in the country rose slightly to 8,643.

Meanwhile, total recoveries stand at 8,437 cases or 97.6% of overall cases.

There are only two patients in intensive care now, but both of them need respiratory aid.

No new deaths were recorded since June 15, maintaining the death toll at 121, or 1.4% of total cases.

Bukit Bintang cluster reports 11 cases

One new Covid-19 case was detected at a quarantine centre housing individuals linked to the Bukit Bintang cluster, bringing total infections to 11.

The cases involve 10 Bangladesh nationals and one Malaysian.

The ministry first reported the cluster last Wednesday (June 24), and said the index case (patient no. 8,498) was a foreigner who has undergone Covid-19 testing before returning to work.

He had tested positive on June 15.

Noor Hisham said so far, 304 people have been screened, comprising 204 foreigners and 100 Malaysians. Of the total, 293 people were negative for the virus.

“They [those who have been screened] were isolated in the quarantine centre, while those who tested positive were sent to hospital; however they did not infect the community.

“The source of infection was still under investigation,” said Noor Hisham in the statement.

620 Malaysian returnees fail to undergo second Covid-19 screening on 13th day

Up until noon today, Noor Hisham said 5,804 Malaysians who returned from abroad have been placed under home quarantine, with 620 of them needing to go for a second Covid-19 test on the 13th day.

Meanwhile, 5,184 have been placed under Home Release Order after testing negative on their second test.

The Health District Office together with the Royal Malaysian Police are actively detecting Malaysian returnees who need to undergo a second screening on the 13th day.

Those who fail to do so risk a fine or jail, or both, he said.

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