95 Malaysians returning from overseas tested positive for COVID-19

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 21: The strict control at the Malaysian borders during the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) is very important as COVID-19 has infected 95 citizens who have returned from overseas.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, since the 14 day quarantine was imposed to all Malaysians on April 3, 95 people had been detected with COVID-19 after they went for the health tests.

He said, the 95 people includes 68 who had returned from Indonesia, 12 from United Kingdom (UK), 5 from Singapore, 4 from Turkey; 3 from Netherlands; 2 from United States of America (USA) and 1 from France.

“Once they are found with COVID-19 positive, they are sent to the hospital to be monitored and given treatment,” he said in a press conference here today.

Referring to the citizens that have been infected with COVID-19 after returning from overseas, he said, such cases will give a stronger reason of why Malaysia does not allow foreigners to enter during MCO.

Regarding the updates of COVID-19, Dr. Noor Hisham said, today there are 57 new cases bringing the cumulative total to 5,482 while 54 have been discharged and that is 3,349 (61.1%) from the cumulative total.

“From the new cases, 18 were imported from overseas, 43 were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 29 need respiratory aids. There are three deaths today involving Malaysian men aged 72, 69 and 92 and that brings the death toll to 92,” he added.

Dr. Noor Hisham also stressed that the compulsory quarantine was very effective in curbing COVID-19 because from 12,160 citizens who came back 7,110 samples had been taken and only 95 cases or 0.7% were detected with the deadly corona virus.

The Director General of Health said, before the MCO could be lifted, the government has to ensure the health system is efficient to the extent GOVID-19 positive could be detected within 24 hours; the hospitals have enough wards for COVID-19 patients; strategic activities should be implemented to protect the high risk groups including the handicapped; ageing groups with prolonged illness, social distancing should be adhered all the time, personal hygiene like washing the hands often should be the new norm and avoid being in a crowd. –Malaysia World News

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