Malaysia reports five new Covid-19 cases, end of Gombak and Cheras residential clusters

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 5): The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported today five new Covid-19 cases in the country as at 12pm noon, raising the total number of cases to 8,663 so far.

The MoH also declared the end of the Covid-19 Gombak and Cheras residential clusters in the Klang Valley.

Of the five new cases today, three were imported involving two Malaysians and one foreigner, who is a permanent resident, Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.

Noor Hisham said the remaining two local cases involved Malaysians. "There are no [local] transmissions in the country among non[-Malaysian] citizens reported today," he said.

He said the two local cases involving Malaysians were detected through pre-surgery screenings, one each in Sabah and Negeri Sembilan.

In Sabah, the case was detected at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital while the Negeri Sembilan case was identified at a medical centre in Seremban, according to him.

No Covid-19-related deaths were reported today. As such, the cumulative number of Covid-19-related fatalities in Malaysia stays at 121 cases, Noor Hisham said.

He said two patients are being treated in the intensive care unit. "Both cases require breathing assistance," he said.

He said four patients recovered today, bringing the cumulative number of recovered cases to 8,465 individuals.

The MoH also declared the end of the Covid-19 Gombak and Cheras residential clusters, bringing the number of ended Covid-19 clusters in Malaysia to 56 so far. Noor Hisham said the Gombak cluster, involving entirely Malaysians, was reported on May 18 as a result of active-case detection at residential quarters. As of yesterday, a total of 200 people had undergone Covid-19 screening, which detected five positive cases, according to him.

The Cheras cluster, which is also known as the Cheras apartment cluster, was reported on June 1. Today, Noor Hisham said the cluster was identified through active-case detection at an apartment in Cheras. As of yesterday, a total of 144 people including three non-Malaysia citizens had undergone Covid-19 screening, which detected eight positive cases, according to him.

"The first cases of both clusters were detected through the screening of tahfiz/maahad centre students, who constitute one of the identified high-risk targeted groups. This was a targeted approach which has to date helped detect many Covid-19 cases," Noor Hisham said.