Malaysia reports 14 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

Malaysia reports 14 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

Malaysia reported 14 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Tuesday, bringing the national total to 9,354.

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

One more patient passed away, with the latest victim having suffered from prior health problems, bringing the total deaths to 128.

Health authorities also identified one new case cluster traced to a police detention center in the northern Borneo state of Sabah, with seven testing positive so far.

Another 21 cases have been released, bringing the total cured and discharged to 9,075 or 97 percent of all cases.

Of the remaining 151 active cases, five are being held in intensive care units and three of those are in need of assisted breathing.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who coordinated the implementation of the restrictive measures, said in a separate press briefing that long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines will be barred from entering Malaysia from Sept. 7 onwards, due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in these countries.

The restrictions also apply to permanent residents, "Malaysia My Second Home" (MM2H) program pass holders, expatriates, spousal visa holders and foreign students. - Xinhua