Covid-19: Malaysia reports 13 new cases, two new clusters found

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 9): Malaysia reported 13 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today, raising the cumulative tally of infections to 9,083.

There were nine new recoveries, bringing the number of patients discharged to 8,784 or 96.7% of total cases, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

The death toll remains at 125 since the beginning of this month.

The number of active cases, therefore, stands at 174. One of the cases is being treated at the intensive care unit.

Noor Hisham said nine of the 13 new cases involved people returning to Malaysia from China (two), India (two), Japan (two), Ireland (one), Indonesia (one) and Yemen (one). They comprised five Malaysians and four foreigners.

There were four new locally-transmitted cases, all involving Malaysians. Two of them are from the PUI Sivagangga cluster in Kedah, while the other two are from two new clusters — Kurau in Perak and Meranti in Putrajaya.

Elaborating on the Kurau cluster, Noor Hisham said two positive cases have been identified to-date. The first case was detected two days ago, and the second case is the brother-in-law of the first case who is residing in Penang.

A total of 115 close contacts from the cluster have been screened so far, of which 106 tested negative and nine are awaiting results.

The Meranti cluster, on the other hand, involves a health official who had contact with a Covid-19 patient receiving treatment at a health facility.

As for the PUI Sivagangga cluster, Noor Hisham said 4,636 people from the cluster have been screened so far including 4,078 in Kedah, 390 in Perlis and 168 in Penang.  

Of them, 45 tested positive and 4,105 tested negative, while the remaining 486 are awaiting results.

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