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Malaysia records 37 new COVID-19 cases; 1 more death

Malaysia records 37 new COVID-19 cases; 1 more death

FILE PHOTO: Medical workers wearing protective suits pass by barbed wire at the red zone under enhanced lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recorded 37 new COVID-19 cases and one new death linked to the disease on Saturday (Jun 6), said the country's health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Among the new cases, eight are imported infections and 29 local, he said. Breaking it down further, 19 local cases involve non-Malaysians and 10 are Malaysians from Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Sarawak.

This takes the total national tally to 8,303, with 117 deaths linked to the virus.

In total, 25 more COVID-19 patients were discharged as well, bringing this total to 6,635.

On Friday, Malaysia announced an economic package worth RM35 billion (US$8.2 billion) to regenerate the national economy as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a televised address that the package, dubbed the National Economic Revitalisation Plan (Penjana), encompasses 40 initiatives to speed up the development of the national economy. Of the total, RM10 billion is a direct fiscal injection from the government. 

The initiatives aim to reduce the impact of unemployment, boost investors' confidence and support the tourism industry, said Mr Muhyiddin. 

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Source: Agencies/aa


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