KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 17): The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced 12 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today, of which nine cases were from the Tawar and Sala clusters in Kedah.

This was the sixth straight day that the country reported double-digit infections, starting from last Wednesday with 11 new cases.

While active cases have been on the rise lately, passing the 200 mark on Saturday with 219 cases, the 211 cases today were still slightly lower than the 216 reported yesterday.

According to health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, no new Covid-19 deaths were reported today. Thus, total Covid-19 fatalities in the country remained at 125, translating into 1.36% of overall cases.

As for recoveries, 17 Covid-19 patients have recovered, bringing total patients who have recovered from the outbreak to 8,876. Meanwhile, total cases nationwide now stand at 9,212.

Noor Hisham said in a statement that eight patients were being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), with two of them needing ventilator support.

Of the 12 new cases, two were imported cases involving foreigners who just came from Syria and the Philippines, with both cases found in Kuala Lumpur.

Of the remaining 10 locally transmitted cases involving Malaysians, six cases were detected in Kedah (comprising four cases from the Tawar cluster and two cases from the Sala cluster), three cases were found in Penang (all from the Tawar cluster), and the remaining case was found through testing of a Covid-19 symptomatic case in the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor.

Source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/malaysia-reports-12-new-covid19-cases-nine-involving-tawar-sala-clusters-kedah