Another 13 foreigners infected with coronavirus in Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA JUNE 22: Fifteen new cases of COVID-19 are recorded today without involving any Malaysian via local transmission and this include two cases that are imported overseas while 13 foreigners have detected the corona virus in the country.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham said, the two imported cases are each from Tunisia and Singapore.

He added, the other 13 cases include one detected positive at pre-surgery stage and 12 others from the second screening test conducted among the foreign workers in the Pedas cluster.

“The foreign workers in Pedas have been infected with COVID-19 following their living places are too confined and congested. However the virus transmissions amongst the foreign workers will not affect the local community as they have been isolated for treatment,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a press conference here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, with the 12 new cases, the Pedas cluster has recorded an accumulative total of 316 including 14 cases affecting the Malaysians, 163 from Nepal, 67 Bangladeshis, 35 from Myanmar, 31 Indonesians, 4 Indians, 1 Vietnamese and 1Cambodian.

Meanwhile 22 patients have been discharged and that brings the accumulative total to 8,177 or 95.23%, while the 15 new cases bring the total to 8,587 with 289 patients undergoing treatment in the hospitals.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, there is no death today bringing the death toll to remain at 121 or 1.41%.

“From 52,944 foreign individuals that have been screened test, 2,551 have detected positive COVID-19, while 65 are undergoing treatment in the hospitals and five have died,” he reiterated.

Regarding the COVID-19 cluster in Labu Lanjut, Sepang, Dr. Noor Hisham said, five have been detected with COVID-19 recently and the case is still under investigation.

He said, the infection was originated from one index case and had affected the family members. Twenty-nine close contacts of the infected persons have been detected and through screening, nobody outside the family has positive COVID-19.

“So far there is no enforcement of Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in that area,” he said.

Relating to the six countries in which Malaysia has interest in having mutual agreements on opening up for trade and economic activities, Dr. Noor Hisham said, discussions are still at the initial stages not only with six countries namely South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei but also with other countries as well.

The agreement should be made on mutual consent on policies and if it is successful, it could be implemented during the enforcement of the Recovery MCO or after it ends on August 31,” Dr. Noor Hisham added.

The discussions, Dr. Noor Hisham said involve not only the Ministry of Health but also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. –Malaysia World News

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