PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 24 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Sept 9), with 13 coming from the Sungai cluster in Kedah.
In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that of the 24 cases, 18 were local transmissions while six were import cases.
The largest active cluster currently is the Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster in Sabah, which only recorded two new cases in the past 24 hours.
Besides the Sungai and Benteng LD clusters, there is one new case each from the Tawar and Telaga clusters.
Another local case was detected from a Covid-19 test on individuals with symptoms at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Alor Setar, Kedah.
The imported cases are three Malaysians returning from Indonesia, South Korea and Singapore, as well as three foreigners; two arriving from Bangladesh and one arriving from China.
Dr Noor Hisham said that the imported cases involving non-Malaysians arrived into the country before the Sept 7 entry ban on countries with more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases.
On Wednesday, Malaysia also discharged seven patients, which means the total of recoveries is 9,143 or at a rate of 95.4%.
The total number of active cases in the country has now gone up to 317 cases.
Of this number, seven are being treated at intensive care units, with four of them requiring ventilator support.
Cumulatively, the country’s total of cases since the outbreak began in January is 9,583.
No fatalities were reported, which means the Covid-19 death toll in the country remains at 128 or at a rate of 1.35%.