PETALING JAYA: Nine new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, but there have been no new deaths, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).
The Health director-general said on Saturday (Aug 1) that seven of the new cases were imported, involving five Malaysians returning from foreign countries.
The other two cases were local transmissions — one Malaysian involving the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah, while the other a non-Malaysian from the Bukit Tiram cluster in Selangor.
As of Aug 1, three more cases have recovered fully and the total number of recovered cases stands at 8,647 cases for a recovery rate of 96.2%.
"As of noon Aug 1, there are two cases in the intensive care unit, with one needing a ventilator.
"There has been no increase in fatalities with the total of deaths in Malaysia remaining at 125 cases," said Dr Noor Hisham in the daily press release update on Covid-19 pandemic.
He also said that the case from the Bukit Tiram cluster, which originated in Johor, has now been tracked outside the state, with 135 individuals having been screened.
"Ten have tested positive for Covid-19, 124 were negative and one is still awaiting results. Of the 10 positive, Four are foreigners," he added.
He reminded the public that the enforcement of mandatory face masks in public transport and crowded areas had begun.
As of Aug 1, individuals not wearing face masks in crowded public spaces will face a RM1,000 fine under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act.
Dr Noor Hisham said usage of face masks should be accompanied by constant cleansing of hands and physical distancing of at least 1m from others.
"There are two types of face masks that can be used for prevention — medical and non-medical face masks.
"The three-ply surgical mask is to be used by the health personnel, those who have symptoms of respiratory illnesses, high-risk groups (those aged 60 and above) and those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
"The non-medical face mask is recommended for those who do not have any symptoms but are in crowded places where physical distancing may be difficult," said Dr Noor Hisham, stating that not all fabric face masks sold in the market are effective.
He warned the public not to share face masks and to discard used face masks properly.
Dr Noor Hisham also said face masks must not be put on those aged two and below, as well as on those who had difficulties breathing or were unconscious, disabled or incapable of removing the masks without assistance.
He further advised the public to keep to the SOPs to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
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