KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 24): There are no new Covid-19 cases detected in the Tawar cluster, according to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

However, Noor Hisham said the screening of close contacts are still ongoing.

About 3,436 individuals had been screened up until noon today, involving 2,907 individuals in Kedah, 518 individuals in Penang while the remaining 11 individuals were in Perak.

He added that the latest updates on the Tawar cluster as well as other clusters in the country will be informed from time to time.

The daily number of new Covid-19 cases fell to seven today from 10 yesterday, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

This brought the cumulative cases to 9,274, of which 8,965 have recovered. The MoH reported six new recoveries today. The number of active cases currently stands at 184.

Its health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the seven new cases included two imported cases involving Malaysians who returned from the Philippines and the US.

The five locally transmitted cases were found in Sarawak, two of which involved Malaysians and the remaining three cases were foreigners.

As for the locally transmitted cases involving Malaysians, one patient was found through screening at the workplace while the other case was detected through prenatal screening. The two patients did not display symptoms and they have been admitted to Sarawak General Hospital, according to Noor Hisham.

For the three foreigners who contracted the Covid-19 virus here, two cases were detected through screening at a workplace while the other was through screening before returning to the country of origin. 

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