M’sia reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, 14 transmissions via foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia remained at double digits with 18 new positive cases reported today, bringing the cumulative total to 8,634 including 195 active cases.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 18 cases, four were imported cases, with infection having taken place overseas, involving three Malaysians and one foreigner who was a permanent resident or allowed to enter Malaysia on work matters.

“All 14 cases in the country were detected among foreigners and there were no cases among Malaysian citizens.

 Nine were detected during the Pedas cluster repeated screening in Negeri Sembilan and two from the Sepang Immigration depot screening.

There were two cases in Sabah, one was identified during screening for inmates before release from prison and one was a case of Severe Respiratory Acute Infection (SARI) from a Health Clinic to a hospital while one case was at a Kuala Lumpur construction site, he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said 10 patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals bringing the cumulative total number of recovered cases to 8,318 cases or 96.3 per cent of the total number of cases.

Two of the positive cases were being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and there were no cases that required ventilators. 

He also said no COVID-19 related deaths were recorded today, with the death toll remaining at 121 (1.4 per cent).

Dr Noor Hisham said as of yesterday (June 27), 60,298 foreigners had been screened for Covid-19 and of this, 2,575 cases (4.3 per cent) were detected positive, 57,441 (95.3 per cent) negative and 282 (0.4 per cent) were awaiting results.

Of the positive cases involving foreigners, 105 cases (4.1 per cent) were still undergoing treatment, 2,465 cases (95.7 per cent) have recovered and were allowed to be discharged, while the cumulative COVID-19 death cases were five (0.2 per cent).

“Today, the majority of positive cases reported are among foreign nationals, of which nine positive cases were detected during repeated screening of the Pedas clusters in Negeri Sembilan and Melaka. They have been quarantined because they have been exposed to positive cases earlier,” he said.

To date, Dr Noor Hisham said 957 people from the clusters were screened and so far 326 cases (34.1 per cent) were detected positive for Covid-19 and of this 312 cases (95.7 per cent) were foreigners.

Considering that Malaysia was currently in the recovery phase, he said various standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been formulated for each sector and employers need to play their part in ensuring the SOPs are implemented properly as well as continue working with the Health Ministry by taking steps to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, especially among foreign workers.