Indian detainee died of Covid-19 at immigration depot

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PUTRAJAYA JUNE 14: A detainee from India at the Bukit Jalil Immigration depot was the 121st COVID-19 death case recorded today.

Health Director General, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the detainee aged 67, was sent to the Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) when he was found unconscious at the depot and died on June 12.

“The deceased was tested positive COVID-19 while the post mortem result is underway,” said Dr. Noor Hisham at a press conference held here today.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, the Indian man had suffered from diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney problems.

Meanwhile eight new cases are recorded bringing the accumulative total to 8,453 while 35 cases had been discharged marking the total to 7,346 or 86.9%.

He added the eight new cases include two imported involving two non-Malaysians with Permanent Resident (PR) status from Pakistan. The other six cases involving four non-citizens and two Malaysians.

“The four were workers at the second construction site in Kuala Lumpur. They were from Bangladesh and detected positive COVID-19 after undergoing screen tests.

“The Malaysians include a polytechnic student with light illness and sore throat while a senior citizen aged 80 from Malacca was without symptoms. Both of them have been detected with COVID-19,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.

Regarding the progress on the collaboration research of COVID-19 between Malaysia and China, Dr. Noor Hisham said, in the third phase of the research project, the Malaysians have agreed to conduct clinical trials.

Dr. Noor Hisham also highlighted that the Malaysian ways of curbing the COVID-19 infections are different from other countries.

He said, the Ministry of Health will isolate a person in the hospital once he is detected with positive COVID-19 unlike other countries the person infected will be sent home.

He cited an example of tahfiz schools that have become one of the target groups where several screen tests have been conducted on the students and staffs. There are 120 tahfiz schools and the students have been screened test following the tabligh assembly participants had visited them for many times.

“Our research had found that the infectivity rate of COVID-19 among the tahfiz students is 4.1% compared to more than 651,000 people that have been screened test with only 1.3%,” he reiterated

The director general added, Malaysia is able to curb the COVID-19 as long as the border control is strengthened and the local transmissions are contained.

He said, the government will enforce Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) if any area is detected with COVID-19 and a cluster is formed.

“The enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in several stages with the latest Recovery MCO have proven the infectivity curve has been flattened while the number of new cases has reached single digit for several times since June 10,” he added. –Malaysia World News


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