: After 25 straight days without any COVID-19 fatalities, Malaysia recorded one today to take the death toll to 122, said Health director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He also said that eight new cases were reported today, of which four were local transmissions involving two Malaysians and two foreigners, thus taking the cumulative number of COVID-19 positive cases in Malaysia to 8,704.
Commenting on the one fatality, he said it involved a 72-year-old man who had a history of hypertension and diabetes.
He added that the man had sought traditional treatment several times since July 3 before being admitted to a private hospital on July 9.
"He was immediately transferred to the Sarawak General Hospital after being suspected of being COVID-19 positive. He was later confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.
"His condition deteriorated and he was placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) and was pronounced dead at 5.49 pm yesterday,” he said in a statement today.
As for the local transmission involving two Malaysians, one is a ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Infection’ (SARI) case admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital while the other was referred to a hospital in Sabah after undergoing screening.
“As for the local transmission involving foreigners, the two cases were detected at the Sepang Immigration Detention Depot after they underwent screening before being deported back to their home countries,” he said.
He said the other four were imported cases involving Malaysians who were infected overseas.
“There are 67 active cases and they have been isolated for treatment,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said four patients had recovered and allowed to be discharged today, bringing the cumulative number of recovered cases to 8,515 or 97.8 per cent of the total number of cases.
“So far, three patients are being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU), with two requiring ventilator support,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham announced that up to yesterday (July 10), a total of 60,952 pre-surgery samples had been taken and, of the total, 21 tested positive for COVID-19 (a positive rate of 0.03 per cent).
He said the fact that the percentage of positive cases remained low despite the high number of samples showed that COVID-19 transmission in the country was under control.
“The taking of pre-surgery samples is one of the surveillance systems being carried out in Malaysia. It is aimed at early tracing of cases within the communities and to alert the Ministry of Health (MOH) so that it can act fast.
“This surveillance is carried out on large populations and includes those who are asymptomatic. Those who need to undergo emergency or semi-emergency surgeries in MOH hospitals must undergo COVID-19 detection tests first,” he said.
He said the dynamic system was a good proxy for the presentation of the COVID-19 transmission in the community in Malaysia as it included every group of society and was conducted on those who are asymptomatic.