PUTRAJAYA – Once again, the country witnessed six new Covid-19 cases from the Patient under Investigation (PUI) Sivagangga Cluster in Kedah among the 15 new cases recorded today.
Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, it turned the cumulative cases of Covid-19 cases in the country to 9,038 cases.
He said, 11 patients have recovered from the disease today, thus the total number of people recovering from Covid-19 in Malaysia is 8,713 cases (96.4 percent from the total cases).
“The number of active Covid-19 cases is 200 and they have been isolated and given treatment.
“15 new cases have been reported, five cases are imported which got the disease from overseas. There are three Malaysia citizens and two non-citizens.
“The five imported cases are four cases in Sabah which returned from The Philippines and one case in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur who returned from South Africa,” he said in a news conference today.
According to Noor Hisham, for the 10 local infections, eight cases were reported among Malaysians and two cases were non-citizens.
“From the eight cases involving Malaysians, six were from the PUI Sivagangga Cluster in Kubang Pasu, Kulim and Padang Terap. Meanwhile, the seventh case in Negeri Sembilan involved a workplace screening and another case in the Federal Territory of Labuan involved a screening at the International Border Entrance of Labuan.
“For the local infection involving two cases of non-citizens, they were reported in Negeri Sembilan under the PATI (illegal immigrants) detention screening and in Kuala Lumpur, targeted community screening.
“As of now, two Covid-19 positive cases are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where only one case needed respiratory support.
“Therefore, there is no new death and the total death remained at 125 cases (1.38 percent from the total cases),” he said.
Elaborating further on the six new Sivagangga Cluster cases, as of 12pm, a total of 2,351 people have been screened from this cluster. 30 have been tested positive, 1,617 have been tested negative while 704 cases are still awaiting for their result.
He said, the six new cases from this cluster were detected through active screening. One of the six new cases (case 9,032) had close contact with his family who visited the restaurant involved in this cluster.
“The case started experiencing respiratory symptom on 2 August before being tested positive on 5 August and admitted into the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah. Meanwhile, the family members of the patient have been screened for Covid-19 and are still waiting for their results.
“The remaining five new cases (PUI Sivagangga Cluster) were from a single family (case 9033, 9034, 9035, 9036 and 9037). They had the travel history of visiting one of the area placed under the administrative Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Kedah.
“They have been admitted into the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah for treatment and the source of infection is still under investigation. All cases are the second generation of the PUI Sivagangga Cluster,” said Noor Hisham.
In a relevant development, he said that close contacts screening and tracking of the positive cases are ongoing.
He also said that based on the investigation on case 9,023 from Kulim (case reported on 5 August 2020), 15 close contacts have been identified and screened. The source of infection is still under investigation.
Updates on the current situation of the cluster will be made known from time to time. The people are urged to verify any information before trusting and spreading any inaccurate information. –MalaysiaGazette