Malaysia reports 50 more COVID-19 cases after new cluster found in immigration detention center

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-21 18:22:12|Editor: huaxia

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia reported 50 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, most of them from a new cluster in an immigration detention center on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that the total cases in the country stood at 7,059.

Among the 50 new cases, three are imported ones while 47 are local transmissions, 41 of which involve foreigners, including 34 which had been detected at an immigration detention center, whom have been held in the facility before Malaysia's implementation of the movement control order on March 18 to contain the outbreak, said Noor Hisham.

According to him, Malaysia's health authorities was informed by their foreign counterparts that some of those who had been held at the facility were tested positive for COVID-19 after repatriation.

As for noon Thursday, 645 who are held at the facility have been tested with 35 cases tested positive, while 400 cases negative and 210 cases are pending results.

Noor Hisham said the authorities are investigating the sources of infection, adding that steps are being taken to mitigate the situation.

Another 90 recoveries are reported on Thursday, bringing the total cured and discharged to 5,796 or 82.1 percent of all cases. No new deaths had been reported, leaving the total deaths at 114.

Meanwhile, local media reported that traffic were increasing along the country's major north-south highway as the Eid al-Fitr celebrations near.

The government have banned interstate travel, calling citizens not to return to hometown and celebrate the festival only among close family members to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Authorities said over 3,000 vehicles were turned back on Wednesday, up from over 1,000 which had attempted to cross state borders on Monday, with police putting up roadblocks to stop people from crossing state borders. Enditem