COVID-19: Malaysia reports 45 new cases today, including 40 from Benteng Lahad Datu cluster

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 10): Malaysia recorded 45 new COVID-19 cases today — almost double the 24 cases reported yesterday — and most of the new cases were local transmissions, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Health director-general (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced today that the number of active cases climbed for five straight days, with 333 cases today. These patients were isolated and given treatment.

Of the 45 new cases, 44 were local transmissions involving 11 Malaysians and 33 foreigners.

“Four cases were detected in Kedah with one case from the Sungai cluster, two cases from the Telaga cluster.

“The other was the screening of a symptomatic case in Simpang Kuala health clinic [and] the patient has been admitted to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital,” said Noor Hisham at a media briefing today.

The remaining 40 locally-transmitted cases were detected in the Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster, involving 33 foreigners.

Only one imported case was recorded involving a Malaysian — according to the DG — saying that the patient had returned from Brazil. The case was reported in Selangor.

There were no deaths from the virus. This is the 10th day that the death toll has stayed at 128.

Meanwhile, 24 COVID-19 patients were discharged after recovery, bringing the total recoveries to 9,167 or 95.2% of total cases which now stand at 9,628.

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