Covid-19: M'sia records 16 new cases, 11 related to Tawar, Sala clusters

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday (Aug 19) with 11 of them related to the Tawar and Sala clusters in the northern states, says the Health Minister.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement Wednesday that out of the 16 cases, four were import cases.

No new deaths or clusters were reported, which means the death toll in the country remains at 125 cases.

The Tawar cluster saw eight new cases, all involving Malaysians, with four reported in Kedah while another four were detected in Penang.

The three new cases in Sala were all based in Kedah and also involved Malaysians.

One other local case was found from a screening conducted on ships in Johor. The case was found to be asymptomatic and has been admitted to Hospital Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom.

Of the four import cases, three of the cases were foreigners arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Bangladesh.

The other import case is also a non-Malaysian who arrived in Labuan from the Philippines.

Cumulatively, the country has had a total of 9,235 infections since the outbreak began earlier this year.

Dr Noor Hisham also reported 23 more cases have been discharged, which brings the total recoveries in the country to 8,925.

This translates to a recovery rate of 96.64% out of the total number of cases in the country.

The number of active cases has now gone down to 185 from 192 the previous day.

Currently, there are seven people being treated at intensive care units (ICU) of which three patients are on ventilator support.

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