Health DG calls for strict adherence to SOPs among frontline health workers

47 new Covid-19 cases were recorded yesterday, comprising 45 local infections, 31 in Sabah and 14 in Kedah

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by BERNAMA

COVID-19 cases in Benteng Lahad Datu (LD), Tawar and Sungai clusters are on the rise with the total number of people screened for Covid-19 reached 4,666, 18,233 and 14,044 respectively as of yesterday.

“For information, these three clusters involve frontline staff including healthcare workers. All frontline workers need to take a lesson from this incident. While on duty, all frontline staff shall always adhere to the guidelines and procedures that have been set,” Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

Malaysia recorded 47 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, comprising 45 local infections, 31 in Sabah and 14 in Kedah, while two cases were from overseas.

Dr Noor Hisham said 28 out of the 45 local transmission cases involved Malaysians and the 17 cases were found positive among foreigners.

The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 591 bringing the total cases in the country to 9,915.

Seven patients recovered which added to a total recovery of 9,196 cases or 92.75%.

Dr Noor Hisham said nine patients are being treated in the intensive care unit, in which four of them require ventilators.

The Covid-19 death tally remained at 128 or 1.29% from the total cases.

The two new import cases involved one Maldivian and Moroccan.

For the local infections, out of the 31 new positive cases in Sabah, 22 cases were from the Benteng LD cluster; while the 14 new cases in Kedah included 13 cases from the Tawar cluster and one from the Sungai cluster.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 512 individuals were arrested by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) on Saturday for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Pubs and nightclubs activities topped the MCO breach list with 294 offenders, followed by activities with a large crowd where physical distancing is difficult (103), private parties (56), failure in providing the in and out record or equipment (32), not wearing face mask (14), premises operating overtime (eight), alleged prostitution activities (four) and non-compliant to Enhanced MCO quarantine (one).

About 452 people among the group were compounded, 59 held in remand and one was released on bail.

On Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said the authorities apprehended 80 illegal foreign workers, six smugglers and one skipper on Saturday.

From the total, the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) nabbed 20 foreign labourers without legal identity documents in Sungai Nipah Haji Dorani, Sungai Besar, Selangor.

There were 82 roadblocks conducted on Saturday involving PDRM (57), Malaysian Border Security Agency (10) and MAF (15).

The minister said 28,063 Malaysians returned from 32 countries via international checkpoints from July 24 to Sept 12.

He said 10,187 individuals are undergoing compulsory quarantine at 69 hotels and eight other premises including public training institutes and private learning institutions, while 69 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment.

He added that a total of 17,807 individuals have been discharged.

On public sanitisation operations as supervised by the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Ismail Sabri said five sanitation operations were carried out on Saturday in five green zones in Sabah (two), Penang (two) and Melaka (one).