Covid-19: 11 new cases, new cluster detected at Semenyih Immigration depot (updated)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has confirmed 11 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Sept 4), with a new cluster detected at the Semenyih Immigration depot.

In a statement Friday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 11 cases, seven were imported infections while four were local transmissions.

The seven import cases involved two Malaysians, while the rest are foreigners.

They arrived in the country from India (five cases), Saudi Arabia (one) and the United Kingdom (one).

Of the four local cases, three were from the Semenyih Immigration depot cluster, while another is a case in Kedah linked to the Telaga cluster.

The index case is a detainee who was supposed to be deported home but had to be screened for Covid-19 first.

The two other cases are Immigration officers stationed at the depot.

This is the second time the same depot has been declared a Covid-19 cluster.

Previously, the cluster was declared closed by the ministry on June 22. There were 66 cases and no deaths.

Cumulatively, the country’s total number of cases since the outbreak began in January increased to 9,385 on Friday.

Malaysia also discharged nine patients, which means the total of recoveries is 9,092 or at a rate of 96.9%.

The total number of active cases in the country is now 165 cases.

Four people have been admitted into intensive care units, with three of them requiring ventilator support.

No fatalities were reported, which means the Covid-19 death toll in the country remains at 128 or at a rate of 1.36%.

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