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Three new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry today recorded three new Covid-19 cases as of noon, bringing the tally to 8,643.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two cases were locally transmitted involving foreigners, while another one was imported, involving a Malaysian.

"One of the locally transmitted cases was detected from the Bukit Bintang cluster during repeated screening while at the quarantine centre, while the other one was detected during a screening before being sent to the lock-up in Kota Kinabalu," he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the number of active cases stood at 85.

He also said 62 more -ha19d recovered and discharged from hospitals today, bringing the current rate of recoveries at 97.6 per cent (8,437 cases).

"Two patients are being treated at the intensive care unit and two placed on ventilator support.

"No fatalities from the virus were reported to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) as of noon today, keeping the death toll at 121 (1.4 per cent)."

On the latest status of Bukit Bintang cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said there were 11 positive cases recorded to date, including one new positive case today, involving 10 Bangladeshis and one Malaysian.

He said a total of 304 people were screened so far, involving 204 foreigners and 100 Malaysians.

"Of the total, 293 tested negative for Covid-19."

He said all of them were quarantined, while those tested positive were admitted to the hospital, hence it did not carry the risk of transmission to the community.

Dr Noor Hisham added the cause of this cluster infection was still under investigation.

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