Tue, 14 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia reported 37 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the national total to 8,303, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing that eight of the new cases were imported, with the remaining 29 being local transmissions, 10 of which involved Malaysian nationals.

One new death was reported, with the patient having suffered from other health conditions before being infected, pushing the national total to 117 deaths.

Another 25 cases have been released, bring the total cured and discharged to 6,635, or 79.9 percent of all cases.

Of the remaining 1,552 active cases, five are being held in intensive care and none are in need of assisted breathing.

Meanwhile Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who coordinates the enforcement of restricting measures, said barbers, hairdressers and beauty salons would be allowed to reopen from June 10, and restrictions on night markets would also be lifted.

The government has implemented a movement control order since March 18 but has eased on restrictions starting May 4 to stimulate economic activity.

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