89 new Covid-19 cases, Sabah tops list again

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / pic by BERNAMA

HEALTH officials reported 89 new coronavirus cases yesterday, involving 86 local infections and three imported cases, bringing the cumulative total to 11,224 cases.

The latest count revealed that Sabah again had the highest count of 35 new cases, followed by Kedah (13), Selangor (10), Johor (8) and Kuala Lumpur (6), Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

The country also registered two new Covid-19 deaths, one in Sabah and another in Kedah, which brought the death toll to 136 or 1.2% of the overall cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said one new cluster had emerged in Kedah from the single death reported in the state yesterday.

Health officials have screened 169 individuals linked to the cluster so far with three testing positive. The rest are still waiting for their results.

Malaysia also reported 28 recoveries, pushing the recovery count to 9,967 or 88.8% of total cases. This leaves Malaysia with 1,121 active cases where 16 patients are under intensive care, with three requiring respiratory support.

Meanwhile, local authorities arrested 98 individuals on Tuesday for breaching the movement restriction orders, of which 95 were given compounds, while three were remanded.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said strict actions were taken for flouting Covid-19 rules in public spaces, such as failure to observe social distancing, not wearing face masks, failing to register details at check-ins and not paying quarantine fees.

The arrests included 34 individuals who were nabbed at pubs and nightclubs.

Activities at nightlife spots have been dominating the list of Covid-19 violations as requirements on social distancing and the use of face masks are often not heeded.

The government currently allows only clubs, pubs and bars that serve food alongside alcohol to resume operations until midnight.

About half of the 6,600 nightlife outlets in the country serve alcohol only, while Ismail Sabri had previously acknowledged that some pubs had reopened illegally.

Under Ops Benteng, 34 illegal migrants and four smugglers were detained at various entry points and roadblocks on the same day. Six land vehicles were also seized in the operations.

Ismail Sabri said 37,452 Malaysians returned home from July 24 until Sept 29.