Three new clusters in Pahang

PETALING JAYA: Three new clusters of Covid-19 cases in Pahang have been detected, involving 15 foreign workers, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said seven cases were detected at a plantation in Bera, six at a sawmill and two at a construction company in Maran.

These cases were detected after the Pahang Health Department carried out surveillance and active case detection in the state, he said. The 15 cases were among the 57 new cases reported in the country yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said these included 10 imported cases, while four were local transmissions.

Another 24 cases were detected at the Sepang Immigration Detention Centre, making it a total of 60 cases there or 4.1% of all the samples taken.

There have been 283 cases detected at the Bukit Jalil detention centre or 18.3% of all samples taken while there were 66 cases at the Semenyih detention centre.

Only two positive cases have been detected at the temporary Immigration centre in Putrajaya out of the 101 samples taken.

“We are still doing our investigations on the source of the outbreak.

“What is important is the cases have been detected and those infected have been isolated for treatment, ” he said during his daily press briefing on the Covid-19 situation yesterday.The country saw no Covid-19 deaths for the ninth consecutive day, keeping the death toll at 115.

Latest numbers: Dr Noor Hisham at the daily press briefing on Covid-19.Latest numbers: Dr Noor Hisham at the daily press briefing on Covid-19.

Dr Noor Hisham also said 23 more patients had been discharged, meaning 6,353 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in the country since the outbreak began.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 recovery rate is now at 81.25% out of the total number of positive cases.

There are now 1,351 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities at present.

Currently, nine patients are in intensive care units (ICU), with two of them on ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that 17 or 19.8% of 86 of those who died of Covid-19 were smokers.

“The smoking habit has been proven to cause many diseases as well as weaken the immunity of people, raising the risk of bacterial and viral infections, ” he said.

He said smoking impaired lung function, resulting in them being less resistant to the coronavirus and other diseases.

He said that during the movement control order (MCO), the ministry took action on 118 individuals who sold cigarettes on e-commerce websites, as this was against the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004 and the Poisons Act 1952.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry was working with the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia and several local universities to provide online counselling to those who wanted to stop smoking.

Dr Noor Hisham said that since the MCO started on March 18, a total of 400 smokers had registered to get help to stop smoking while more than 5,000 people had visited

“This shows that there is increasing awareness, especially among smokers, of the health dangers that result from smoking, ” he said.

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