KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 3): The number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia crossed the 9,000 mark today as two more people were infected, taking the total cases to 9,001 infections.

The two new cases today are the lowest daily figure of new cases recorded since July 16, when three new cases were reported.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the two new cases were local transmissions involving Malaysians, thus there were no additional imported cases.

“The two new cases are as follows, where one case was detected in Kedah from the PUI Sivagangga cluster while the other was found in Labuan, involving a college student. The student was asymptomatic and has been admitted to Labuan Hospital,” said Noor Hisham at a media briefing today.

The lone case from the PUI Sivagangga cluster involved patient no. 9,000, who was a regular customer at the restaurant belonging to the cluster's index patient.

Noor Hisham said the patient had a fever and cough on July 31, but did not contact the District Health Office for further treatment.

“A day after being involved in Hari Raya Aidiladha activities, the patient revealed having close contact with the index case. After that, screening was conducted by using rt-PCR [Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction] test and the patient was tested positive for Covid-19.

“The patient has been admitted to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for further treatment,” he added.

Meanwhile, active cases in the country dipped to 208 from 210 reported yesterday.

“So far, one Covid-19 patient was treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), but none required respiratory support,” he said,

Today, four people were declared cured of Covid-19, which means 8,668 or 96.3% of Covid-19 patients in Malaysia have recovered so far.

“No Covid-19 deaths reported for today, thus the cumulative cases of Covid-19 deaths in the country stayed at 125 or 1.39% of overall cases,” said Noor Hisham.

Updates on PUI Sivagangga cluster

The MoH said 425 people from the PUI Sivagangga cluster have been screened, with 21 found positive, while 362 were negative. Meanwhile, 42 are awaiting their results.

The PUI Sivangangga cluster originated from an imported case that went on to cause a series of local infections.

Noor Hisham said the index case was a restaurant owner who had returned from India and was put under a Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

However, the patient did not obey the order, causing widespread Covid-19 transmissions in this cluster.

Active Case Detection has been conducted by the government; however, the District Health Office and State Health Department are facing several challenges in detecting close contacts as the restaurant did not use MySejahtera application to keep track of their customers and their temperature.

The Ministry urged the public not to conceal the fact if they had close contact with Covid-19 patients, and for traders or employees to register with MySejahtera to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections in the country.

Noor Hisham also urged those who went to the restaurant located in Napoh, Jitra to go to the nearest clinic for Covid-19 screening.

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