Drop in Covid-19 cases

PETALING JAYA: After registering a three-digit spike in Covid-19 cases yesterday, the health ministry today announced that such cases have dropped to 82, with the bulk of them being in Sabah.

Meanwhile, no deaths were reported, leaving the death toll at 133.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 79 of the infections today were local infections while the remaining three were imported.

“There were 64 cases in Sabah including 33 (22 foreigners) from the Fort Lahad Datu cluster and 25 (one foreigner) in the Bangau-Bangau cluster,” he said in a statement today.

The remainder of the cases in Sabah involved five Malaysians who tested positive during various health screenings on hospital patients and members of the public.

Another 11 cases were detected among those returning from Sabah, all of whom were Malaysian. The number comprised two such individuals ini Negeri Sembilan, three ini Kuala Lumpur, two in Terengganu, and one each in Selangor, Pahang, Johor and Malacca.

The remaining local infections were detected during health screenings involving one foreigner in Negri Sembilan seeking to travel out of the country, one Malaysian detainee in Selangor, one Malaysian health official in Sarawak, and one Malaysian health official in Labuan.

Speaking on the imported cases, Noor Hisham said the cases comprised one Malaysian travelling from Yemen, one Malaysian travelling from Bangladesh, and one foreigner travelling from the Phillipines.

The latest report brings the total number of active cases in Malaysia to 851, while the total cumulative number of cases detected in Malaysia has reached 10,769 cases.

Meanwhile, Noor Hisham said 89 cases had recovered and were discharged today. This brings the total number of patients to have recovered to 9,785, amounting to 90.9% of the total cases.

He added eight Covid-19 patients were currently in intensive care units, with four needing ventilator assistance.