Malaysia reports 21 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 8,861

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People wearing face masks walk in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 24, 2020. Malaysia reported another 21 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Friday, bringing the national total to 8,861. (Photo by Chong Voon Chung/Xinhua)

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Xinhua) — Malaysia reported another 21 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Friday, bringing the national total to 8,861.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that five of the cases are imported and 16 are local transmissions.

Health authorities have also identified three new clusters: one cluster involving a foreign national who entered Malaysia as a ship’s crew member and two more traced to Malaysians returning from India and Saudi Arabia, respectively.

Another three cases were released, bringing the total cured and discharged to 8,577 or 96.8 percent of all cases.

Of the remaining 161 active cases, five are being held in intensive care units and two of them are in need of assisted breathing.

No new deaths was reported, leaving the total deaths at 123.

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