109 contacts linked to army hospital case identified


PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has identified 109 close contacts linked to the case at the Kem Terendak Army Hospital in Melaka.

“They have been screened and we are now waiting for the test results, ” said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The ministry first detected three infections at the hospital on Aug 27.

Out of the three cases, two were detected via pre-surgery screenings while the other was tested after showing symptoms at the hospital.

The state health department and the Armed Forces at Kem Terendak later carried out active case detection and risk analysis to identify other close contacts who were later tested and put under home quarantine.

Those who showed symptoms of severe respiratory tract infections were isolated at hospitals to undergo further treatment.

The case at the army hospital was not declared a new cluster.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has risen to 9,317 with 11 new cases recorded yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said out of the 11 cases, 10 were imported.

Another case was detected during a pre-surgery screening at the Sarawak General Hospital.

“The 10 imported cases came from India, Indonesia and Qatar.

“Out of the imported cases, six are Malaysians while the rest are foreigners, ” he said.

He also said that eight patients were currently at the intensive care unit with six of them requiring ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham said eight more people had recovered from the disease, bringing the recovery number to 9,038.

The death toll remained at 125 as no new death was recorded yesterday.

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