MOH: New COVID-19 Cluster Identified Involving Migrants Detained At Immigration Depot

The source of infection is still under investigation.

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has identified a new cluster involving migrants detained at Malaysia's immigration depot

Among the latest cases, 31 of those infected with COVID-19 are migrants detained at Malaysia's immigration detention centre in Bukit Jalil.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham noted that they have been held at the immigration depot since before the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on 18 March.

The ministry has declared this group of cases as a new COVID-19 cluster and they are currently investigating the source of infection.

MOH has collected 645 samples from the area. 35 people tested positive for the coronavirus while 400 people tested negative and 210 others are still waiting for their test results.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, there were 50 new COVID-19 cases reported within the past 24 hours

During the press conference announcing the daily COVID-19 updates, he said that this brings the number of cases in Malaysia to a total of 7,059.

Out of the total, 1,149 are classified as active cases.

He also noted that there are three imported cases from Egypt and Indonesia.

A total of 90 patients fully recovered within the past day and there were no coronavirus-related deaths reported

Therefore, Malaysia's COVID-19 death toll remains at 114. 

There are currently 10 patients receiving treatment in Intensive Care Units, with seven of them requiring breathing assistance.

A total of 5,796 patients have been discharged from hospitals since the disease was first identified in the country and the MOH's official Twitter account noted that the current recovery rate in Malaysia is 82.11%.

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