KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 3): Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases rose to 14 today — of which four were imported and 10 were local transmissions — bringing the total positive cases detected so far to 9,374, according to the Ministry of Health.

Active cases stood at 163 versus 153 reported yesterday, with four more Covid-19 patients discharged. This raised total recoveries to 9,083, representing a recovery rate of 96.9%.

Death toll from the coronavirus in the country, meanwhile, stayed at 128, as no new fatalities were recorded, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his daily update on the pandemic.

“As of now, there are four Covid-19 patients receiving treatment in the intensive care unit, with three requiring ventilator support,” he said.

As for the four imported cases, two of them were foreigners while the other two were Malaysians. These cases were traced to Singapore and the Philippines.

“Two of the three cases from Singapore were detected in Negeri Sembilan and one was detected in Johor,” said Noor Hisham.

As for the 10 local transmissions, he said six of the infected individuals were locals while the remaining four were foreigners.

“Of the six newly infected Malaysians, four cases were detected in Kedah, with three coming from the Tawar cluster and one from the Telaga cluster. The other two infected Malaysians were both detected in Sabah and linked to the Lahad Datu border cluster,” he added.

On the status of the Lahad Datu border cluster, Noor Hisham said there were seven new cases reported including one patient who was detected earlier but not linked to the cluster. This raised the Lahad Datu border cluster’s total positive cases to 14.

“An investigation revealed that one of the seven new cases linked to the cluster involved a prisoner from the Tawau prison who has a history of being detained at the Lahad Datu police headquarters, during which he was in close contact with the two index cases.

“As for the six new cases, all of them were detected in the Tawau prison. Four of the infected persons were also previously detained at the Lahad Datu police headquarters and were in close contact with index cases, while the other two contracted the virus in the Tawau prison. All of these cases were asymptomatic and have been referred to the Tawau hospital,” said Noor Hisham.

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