Wed, 30 Sep 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia reported 62 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, bringing the national total to 10,031.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that one of the new cases is imported and 61 are local transmissions.

Another 26 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 9,235, or 92.1 percent of all cases.

Of the remaining 668 active cases, 15 are being held in intensive care and three of those are in need of assisted breathing.

No new deaths have been reported, leaving the total deaths at 128.

The spike in new cases over recent weeks prompted Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to warn the public that the government would reimpose its movement control order should cases sharply rise, in a televised speech to the public on Tuesday evening.

"Although the country has been successful in curbing the spread of the disease, I am worried because the number of positive cases has been rising lately," he said, adding that reintroducing restrictions would negatively impact the economy.

He also stressed that the government will not rush to open the border to avoid imported cases, despite that might bring difficulties to those who have issues to attend to outside the country.

"We must strike a fine balance between protecting lives and livelihoods of all Malaysians," he said.

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