All schools in Petaling to close beginning today

Yesterday’s positive cases was the 2nd-highest at 561, with 2 deaths reported and 5 new clusters

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MALAYSIA recorded the second-highest daily positive cases at 561, bringing the total cases in the country to 15,657 as of yesterday noon, said Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Total infectivity or active cases were at 4,587, while 133 recoveries were reported, bringing the total number to 10,913 or 69.7% of the total combined cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said to date, 90 individuals are currently being treated at the intensive care unit, with 29 patients requiring respiratory aid.

He added that data from the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre showed two fatalities were reported yesterday, totalling the Covid-19-related deaths in Malaysia to 157 or 1% from the overall cases.

Of the total new cases, eight were classified as imported cases from Indonesia, China, Singapore and Cambodia detected in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and one case from Saudi Arabia found in Selangor.

From the 553 locally transmitted cases, 494 were found to be Malaysian citizens.

Eleven of the local transmissions were found to be individuals who had returned from Sabah, bringing the total number of cases with a history of travel to Sabah since Sept 20 to 353 cases.

SMK King Edward VII in Taiping, Perak, which reported a positive Covid-19 case involving a staff member, is closed for a week starting Sunday. (pic by BERNAMA)

Of yesterday’s positive cases, Sabah registered 488 cases from three clusters, namely from Surat, Kasih and Khazanah, including from other screenings.

Selangor reported 25 new cases from the 11 current clusters, while Kedah reported 16 new cases, of which 15 were from the Tembok cluster and one from close contact of a positive Covid-19 individual.

KL recorded eight cases, Labuan with five cases, Perak and Penang with one case each, while Johor, Melaka and Terengganu each recorded three cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said five new clusters were identified yesterday: Kasih, Surat and Khazanah in Sabah, and one each in Selangor and Labuan.

“Kasih cluster was detected in Lahad Datu, Sabah. The index case for this cluster is Case 12,509, who was found positive from a screening on Sept 27 and has 33 positive close contacts. The individual has been admitted to Lahad Datu Hospital.

“Meanwhile, Surat cluster includes Sandakan area, with the index case, Case 15,097, found positive and admitted to Lahad Datu Hospital.

“Khazanah cluster was also detected in Lahad Datu, with the index case, Case 14,842, detected positive on Oct 9 and has 13 Covid19 positive close contacts,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that the Sungei Wai cluster involves the Petaling and Gombak areas in Selangor and Titiwangsa in KL.

Its index case is Case 14,307, who was detected on Oct 7 and has been admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital. The index case has 17 Covid-19positive close contacts, he added.

In a separate statement, Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin announced beginning today, all 298 schools in Petaling district are closed until Oct 25 as the area has been classified as red zone.

The ministry, he said, will continue to monitor the current situation and any announcement regarding school closures will be made from time to time.

He added that the trial examination for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, involving the affected schools can be rescheduled on another suitable date.

Meanwhile, the Bah Bundle cluster in Labuan was detected from Case 11,771, who had a travel history to the high-risk zone in Sabah. The individual was found positive with the coronavirus on Oct 2 and has two close contacts who tested positive.

Dr Noor Hisham also informed that the Health Ministry has designated Kota Marudu Hospital to treat Covid-19 cases, increasing the number of hospitals from three to five in Sabah alone.

Presently, the government has dedicated seven hospitals to treat Covid-19 cases.

In light of the increased cases n the east coast of Sabah, Noor Hisham said the ministry plans to build a hospital in Tawau, namely Hospital Medan, in collaboration with the Malaysian Armed Forces.

The new hospital, which aims to have 100 beds, will allow for non-Covid-19 patients from Tawau Hospital to seek treatment.