Health DG: Jump in Covid-19 cases due to returning students from Indonesia

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  • Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020

PUTRAJAYA, 29 April -- Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah pada sidang media harian berkaitan jangkitan COVID-19 di Kementerian Kesihatan hari ini. Sebanyak 94 kes baharu positif COVID-19 dilaporkan setakat tengah hari tadi, sekali gus menjadikan jumlah kumulatif kes yang positif di negara ini sebanyak 5,945 kes manakala yang sembuh sebanyak 55 kes dan tiada kes kematian akibat jangkitan itu direkodkan hari ini dengan jumlah kumulatif kematian kekal 100 kes. -- fotoBERNAMA (2020) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia records a slight jump in its new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Apr 29), after confirming 72 new infections among returning students from Indonesia.

The 72 are related to the "Pesantren Cluster" detected among Malaysian students who returned to the country from Indonesia’s Magentan region earlier.

“Out of the 94 new cases reported today, 72 are imported cases involving Malaysians who returned from Indonesia.

"This means only 22 of the new cases are local transmissions, ” said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) at the ministry’s daily Covid-19 press conference here on Wednesday (April 29).

The returnees are among some 24,000 Malaysians who have been brought home from abroad since April 3.

The government has ordered all Malaysians to be placed in quarantine centres for 14 days upon their return.

Dr Hisham said so far, 226 returnees had tested positive for Covid-19 and were currently being isolated and treated at the country’s health facilities.

Out 226,173 returned from Indonesia.

Earlier, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there were currently 17,440 people being kept in 226 quarantine centres throughout the country.

So far, 10,291 have been allowed to return home upon completing their 14-day quarantine.

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