Covid-19: Malaysia reports one death, six new cases

Covid-19: Malaysia reports one death, six new cases
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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 31): Malaysia reported today one Covid-19-related death and six new cases linked to the pandemic, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said via Twitter.

Dr Noor Hisham said the new cases bring the cumulative number of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia to 9,340.

"The cumulative number of Covid-19-related deaths stood at 127,” he said.

According to him, there are currently 159 active Covid-19 cases in the country.

He said six patients are being treated in the intensive care unit today while another six, who have recovered, were discharged.

"The cumulative number of discharged patients so far stood at 9,054,” he said.

Today is the second consecutive day Malaysia reported Covid-19-related deaths. Yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said one death was reported, the first fatality revealed in a month since July 31 this year.

In his official statement today, Dr Noor Hisham said the country’s 127th Covid-19-related death involved a 62-year-old Malaysian man who had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure.

The deceased died at 10:35pm yesterday, according to Dr Noor Hisham.

“The deceased was a positive case reported on Aug 13, 2020 within the Tawar Cluster (in Kedah),” he said.

On the six new Covid-19 cases reported as at noon today, Dr Noor Hisham said four were imported while two were locally transmitted.

He said the imported cases, which were reported in Selangor, involved four individuals who were infected in Singapore. The individuals comprise two Malaysians and two foreigners, according to Dr Noor Hisham.

Meanwhile, the two locally transmitted cases involved Malaysians from Kedah, one each from the Tawar and Telaga clusters respectively within the state, he said.

On the Tawar cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases stood at 74 individuals after 16,462 individuals were screened as at noon today across Kedah, Penang and Perak.

Out of the 74 infected individuals, 63 were detected in Kedah while 11 were identified in Penang, he said.

Elaborating on the Telaga cluster, which was first reported yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said 735 individuals had been screened as at noon today.

Out of the 735 individuals, five were identified as positive Covid-19 cases while the remaining 730 tested negative, according to him.