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Covid-19: Malaysia records 15 new cases today, six from PUI Sivagangga cluster

KUALA LUMPUR (July 30): Malaysia recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases as at noon today, bringing the cumulative infections in the country to 9,038.

Active cases in the country rose to 200 again after remaining below that level for two consecutive days.

Two patients are being treated in intensive care, with one needing breathing assistance.

There were no new fatalities reported today. The death toll still stands at 125 or 1.38% of all cases in the country, according to health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“Eleven patients were discharged as of noon today, bringing total recoveries to 8,713 or 96.4% of the total number of positive cases,” he said at a media briefing today.

Of the 15 new cases, five were imported cases involving three Malaysians and two foreigners.

Four of these were imported from the Philippines and were detected in Sabah, while one was imported from South Africa and was found in Kuala Lumpur.

Out of the ten local transmissions, eight involved Malaysians while two involved foreigners.

Out of the eight cases, six were detected from the PUI Sivagangga cluster in Kedah, one was found from a workplace screening at Negeri Sembilan, while the other was detected in Labuan through screening at the Labuan international entrance.

Meanwhile, the two cases involved an illegal immigrant who was tested at a detention centre in Negeri Sembilan, while the other was detected in Kuala Lumpur, during a screening of targeted communities.

Six new cases found in PUI Sivagangga cluster

Noor Hisham said the six new cases in the PUI Sivagangga cluster emerged during Active Case Detection.

“One of the six new cases (case no. 9,032) had close contact with a family member who had visited the restaurant. The patient started to display breathing difficulties on Aug 2, 2020.

“The patient was tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug 5, 2020 and has been admitted to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Kedah,” said Noor Hisham.

Meanwhile, the remaining five cases involve one family (case no. 9,033, 9,034, 9,035, 9,036 and 9,037).

“They have a history of travel to one of the places which are now put under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Kedah.

“They have been admitted to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah for treatment. [However], the sources of infections in the family are still under investigation,” said Noor Hisham.

Noor Hisham said all of these positive cases were the second-generation cases of the PUI Sivagangga cluster.

As of noon today, 2,351 people have been screened, out of which 30 had tested positive.

Noor Hisham said 1,617 were negative while the remaining 704 are awaiting results.

He also added that screening of close contacts and Active Case Detection are still ongoing.

Besides, he said that based on an investigation conducted on case no. 9,023 from Kulim — which has been reported on Aug 5, 2020 — fifteen of the patient’s close contacts have been identified and screened. The source of infection is still under investigation.

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