Covid-19: 862 new cases, new cluster in Sabah

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD

A NEW cluster and 673 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Sabah, which made up the majority of new positive cases in the country as of yesterday, which was 862.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the increase brought the number of active cases to 7,681.

“More reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory tests have been conducted in Sabah and sent to Peninsular Malaysia.

“235 cases (27.3%) came from the Kepayan Prison cluster and the Tembok cluster. These cases occurred in isolation at the prison and will not be infecting the public,” he said at the Covid-19 daily update yesterday.

A new cluster known as the Kertang cluster was also reported in the Kota Belud district of Sabah, where 216 individuals were being screened for close contacts.

Of the total, 21 were confirmed positive while 195 were negative.

As for Selangor, in proportion to the high population density and movement, the state has been recording an increase in cases and clusters as well.

Selangor recorded an increase of 132 cases and of that number, 84 were from existing clusters including eight cases from clusters related to travel histories to Sabah,” he said.

He said with the increase, Selangor now has a total of 3,489 positive cases.

“For this third wave, cases in Selangor have began to rise since the end of September after the entry of people from Sabah.

“The first cluster reported in Selangor in this third wave was the Jalan Apas cluster on Sept 28 involving families returning from Sabah. Increased local transmissions in Selangor were first seen on Oct 2 and has been consistently rising to this day,” he said.

There were 26 active clusters in Selangor, which were all rooted in the Jalan Apas cluster, up to the latest Hentian cluster.

“A total of 18 active clusters (69.2%) were local transmissions, while eight clusters (30.8%) had connections with travellers returning from Sabah.

“The six latest clusters reported since Oct 11 were locally transmitted, while nine of the 26 clusters were very closely related to workplace infections (34.6%) and one cluster was associated with a shopping mall (3.8%),” he said.

Sabah and Selangor recorded the highest cases followed by Kedah with 17 cases, Perak (9), Penang (8), Labuan (6), Negri Sembilan (6), and Kuala Lumpur (7), while Putrajaya, Johor, Kelantan and Sarawak each reported one case.

Out of yesterday’s 862 cases, two were imported cases involving one Malaysian and a foreigner travelling from Egypt (reported in KL) and Indonesia (reported in Sarawak) respectively.

There were 95 patients currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit, where 25 required ventilator.

Meanwhile, 634 patients recovered yesterday, bringing the total Covid-19 recoveries to 14,351 cases. Three deaths were reported yesterday, increasing the death tally to 193 cases.

All three fatalities were in Sabah. The first was a 78-year-old man with a heart disease and dyslipidemia, a woman aged 59 with diabetes and chronic kidney disease and a woman aged 90 with a heart disease.