No deaths for the second time

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has reported 38 new Covid-19 cases with no deaths in the latest tally.This is only the second time since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed that no deaths were recorded in the daily tally.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who disclosed the figures, said 100 patients had been discharged while 15 patients still needed ventilators.

He said the total number of Covid-19 cases stood at 5,780, with fatalities remaining at 98. The number of active cases stood at 1,820.

“On the testing in enhanced MCO areas, there were 638 positive cases.

“Of this, 388 cases involved foreigners and the rest involved Malaysians, ” he said at his daily press briefing yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham also said there was a new Covid-19 case detected in Menara City One and five more new cases at Malayan Mansion.

At the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market, there were nine new cases.

On international reports that the antibodies produced during the first infection did not provide enough protection from a second infection, Dr Noor Hisham said this could be because the antibodies generated were not enough.

“This is why we provide counselling before discharging patients to ensure that they continue to take precautions, ” he added.

On the positive case of a trader at a wet market in the Taman Megah SS24 Market in Petaling Jaya, he said the trader concerned was from the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market cluster and not a new cluster.

He said the Petaling Jaya City Council sealed off the Taman Megah SS24 market for cleaning and disinfection from 1.30pm yesterday.

“We will be screening all 60 traders at the market and those who were in close contact with the positive patient, ” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were no infections suffered by medical health personnel from the Covid-19 and intensive care wards.

“Those infected were from non-Covid-19 wards and this is why it is important for all medical personnel to don personal protective equipment before clinical examinations and surgical procedures, ” he added.

He said 80% of medical personnel who contracted the virus got it from non-Covid-19 wards and from contact with patients outside while off-duty.

Source: The Star

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