Covid-19 cases back to 3 digits, active cases beyond 9,000

Nine new clusters were identified yesterday, with 4 in Sabah and 1 each in Penang, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Sarawak and Johor

by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA recorded 823 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, all of which were locally transmitted.

To date, there are 26,565 positive cases in the country with 9,202 active cases (at press time) which have been isolated and given treatment.

A total of 579 recoveries were reported, bringing the total figure to 17,134, or 64.5% of total cases.

Sabah recorded the highest number of new positive cases at 533, where 27 cases came from new clusters — Titir cluster, Omadal cluster, Bandaran cluster and Jambul cluster.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of new cases in Sabah declined by 356 or 40% compared to Saturday due to a drop in positive cases recorded in Kepayan Prison, Kota Kinabalu, which fell to 67 yesterday from 434 on Saturday.

“However, the figure is still high compared to other states. Continued efforts to detect more cases will be done throughout Sabah which now has 17 red zones,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Pulau Pinang recorded 97 new cases, followed by Selangor (88), Labuan (26), Negri Sembilan (22), Sarawak (16), Johor (15), Kuala Lumpur (KL) (10), Terengganu (7) and Perak (6), while Kedah, Kelantan and Putrajaya with one case each.

Besides the four new clusters in Sabah, an additional five new clusters were reported —Bayan cluster in Seberang Perai Utara, Barat Daya dan Timur Laut, Penang; Mentari cluster which involves Petaling, Klang and Gombak districts in Selangor, Seremban district in Negri Sembilan and Kepong district in KL; Jernih cluster in Seremban; Seladah cluster in Kuching and Serian, Sarawak; and Makekar cluster in Johor Baru and Kulai in Johor, Kemaman, Dungun, Kuala Terengganu and Marang in Terengganu, and Klang in Selangor.

A total of 162 cases or 19.7% came from the Seberang Perai cluster, Kepayan Prison cluster and Tembok cluster, which are currently under the Enhanced Movement Control Order.

There were also 99 cases under intensive care with 30 requiring respiratory support.

Meanwhile, eight new deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of deaths to 229 or 0.86% of total cases. All the fatalities took place in Sabah.

They included 77-year-old and 59-year-old males without any medical background; a 70-year-old female with a history of diabetes; a 58-year-old male with diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia; a 34-year-old male with obesity and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome; a 74-year-old female with high blood pressure and tuberculosis; a 68-year-old male with high blood pressure, dyslipidemia and gout; and an 80-year-old female with no medical background.