Malaysia reports zero new COVID-19 local transmissions, more sectors reopen

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Xinhua) — Malaysia reported no new COVID-19 local transmissions on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that one new imported case had been detected, a Malaysian national returning from Turkey.

“It has been four months since the first case of second wave of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia reported on Feb. 27. For the first time, today, Malaysia recorded the lowest daily COVID-19 cases during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“More importantly, there are no cases COVID-19 reported to be infected from the inside country, local transmission, among Malaysians and foreign nationals,” he added.

The total number of cases in the country is now 8,640 of which 144 are active cases.

Among the active cases, four are being held in intensive care units and two of those are in need of assisted breathing.

Another 21 cases had been released, bringing the total cured and discharged to 8,375 or 96.9 percent of all cases.

No new deaths had been reported, leaving the total deaths at 121.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said primary school students in fifth and sixth grade and secondary school students would open on July 15, while remaining primary school students would return on July 22.

This is after schools for middle schools senior grade students proceeded to operate on June 24. Government offices and private preschools and kindergartens have also reopened.

Mohd Radzi added that tuition centers will be allowed to open as well, starting July 15.

More sectors are opened on Wednesday, including spas and massage centers, cinemas, theaters, indoor live events and swimming pool activities.

The Malaysian government has also allowed social events like wedding receptions, engagement ceremonies, religious events, birthday and anniversary celebrations to be held, beginning in July.

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