PUTRAJAYA: Five out of seven new Covid-19 cases reported on Monday (Aug 24) in Malaysia were local transmissions detected in Sarawak, says the Health Ministry.
In a statement Monday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the five cases, three involved foreigners while two were Malaysians.
“On the three non-Malaysians, two were detected from a screening conducted at their workplace. Both were asymptomatic and have been admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).
“One case was detected following a screening done prior to the individual returning to his home country.
“As for the two Malaysians, one was also a case found due to screening held at the workplace. Another was detected from a screening before giving birth. All were asymptomatic and have been brought to SGH,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement.
Meanwhile, the country also recorded two import cases involving Malaysians returning from the Philippines and the United States.
Dr Noor Hisham also announced that the country discharged six more patients, which means the total number of recoveries is 8,965 or at a rate of 96.7%.
Cumulatively, Malaysia has had 9,274 cases since the outbreak began.
The total number of active cases in the country is now 184 cases.
Eight people have been admitted into intensive care units, with five of them requiring ventilator support.
No deaths were reported which means the country’s death toll remained at 125 deaths, or a fatality rate of 1.35%.