Malaysia reports spike in COVID-19 cases after more cases detected in immigration detention facilities

Malaysia has reported 172 new COVID-19 cases, with 112 of them traced to three immigration detention facilities, pushing the national total to 7,417 cases, the Health Ministry said on Monday.


It marked the first daily increase of over 100 since the Malaysian government relaxed the restrictive measures on May 4.


Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that of the new cases, five are imported with the remainder being local transmissions, among which 159 involved non-Malaysian citizens including 112 detainees at three immigration detention facilities.


The authorities first reported a cluster at one immigration detention facility on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur last week, before two more facilities have detected clusters.


Among samples taken from the three facilities, 227 detainees and one local staff were tested positive so far, with more results pending, which is likely to push up the confirmed cases in coming days, said Noor Hisham.


He urged the public not to worry as the facilities are isolated from the society and under control of the authorities.


The Health Ministry also reported a new cluster from a building site in Kuala Lumpur, with 44 cases confirmed so far, 43 of which are non-Malaysian citizens.


Another 34 cases had been released on Monday, bringing the total cured and discharged to 5,979, or 80.6 percent of all cases. Of the 1,323 active cases, eight are currently being held in intensive care and four of those are in need of assisted breathing.


No new deaths had been reported, leaving the total deaths at 115.


Source: China – ASEAN Business Council