Malaysia records 21 new COVID-19 cases, new cluster detected

KUALA LUMPUR (XINHUA) – Malaysia reported 21 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said yesterday, bringing the national total to 10,052.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement five of the new cases are imported and 16 are local transmissions.

Health authorities detected one new case cluster in the northern Borneo state of Sabah, traced to a woman who had been screened for COVID-19 prior to being admitted to a hospital, with two testing positive so far.

Another 15 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 9,250, or 92 per cent of cases.

Of the remaining 674 active cases, 13 are being held in intensive care units and two of those are in need of assisted breathing.

No new deaths have been reported, leaving the total deaths at 128.

A man walks near the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: XINHUA