by S BIRRUNTHA/ TMR PIX
THREE new Covid-19 clusters were detected in Perak, Kedah and Selangor.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the clusters were known as Lekir cluster in Perak, Buntar (Kedah) and Merbok (Selangor).
He added that the Lekir cluster was detected in the Manjung area of Perak and it has infected six individuals so far.
“The index case for this cluster (the 17,528th case) was identified Covid-19 positive, as a result of a symptomatic screening on Oct 14 before the case was admitted to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh for further treatment.
“While for the Buntar cluster, it was traced in the Kuala Muda district in Kedah, Kerian district in Perak and the Federal Territory of Putrajaya. To date, eight individuals have tested positive,” he said in a press conference today.
Meanwhile, for the Merbok cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said it was detected in the districts of Kuala Langat, Klang, Kuala Selangor and Petaling.
He added that the index case for this cluster tested positive on Oct 9 and had infected eight other individuals as of now.
Additionally, six new deaths due to Covid-19 were reported today bringing the cumulative death toll in the country to 176 cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said five out of the six deaths involved Malaysians, between the ages of 39 and 74, in which all were in Sabah.
Whereas, another death involved a 52-year-old foreign national who passed away at the University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Noor Hisham noted that all six fatalities today had existing medical conditions.
As of noon, the country recorded 629 new Covid-19 positive cases, involving 627 local transmissions and two import cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said Sabah remained at a record high of 489 new cases, while Selangor recorded 50 new cases followed by Penang (33).
He added that a total of 19 cases were reported in Labuan, with Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Johor, Melaka and Putrajaya each recording less than 10 cases.
The increase in new cases today have brought the country’s overall total to 18,758.
There are now 6,323 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.
Among the active cases today, 99 patients were placed in the intensive care unit (ICU), with 31 of them requiring respiratory aid.
A total of 245 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 12,259, which equals to 65.4%.