PUTRAJAYA, March 4 (Bernama) — As of 12 noon today, 14 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 50.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the first wave of COVID-19 infections in Malaysia comprised 22 cases, all of whom have since recovered.

“After 11 days without any new cases being reported, the second wave of COVID-19 began on Feb 27.

“For the second wave, as of March 4, there have been 28 positive cases of COVID-19,” he told a press conference at the Ministry of Health (MOH) here today.

Dr Noor Hisham added that in the second wave, a new COVID-19 cluster was found involving those who came into contact with case number 26, namely cases 31 to 50.

He said investigations showed that 215 individuals were found to have come into close contact with case number 26.

“Out of the total number of close contacts, 16 cases were found positive for COVID-19, 19 were negative and 180 are still awaiting test results,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said investigations on the cluster were ongoing, and the ministry urged all parties to remain calm and cooperate by providing accurate information when identified and contacted as close contacts.

“All parties are urged not to spread any information that may cause anxiety among the public,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry in collaboration with the private sector would be offering a COVID-19 detection service to members of the public who wish to be tested, with the charges to be imposed by the private sector.

An official announcement on this would be made soon, he added.


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