Covid-19: Malaysia breaks yet another record high

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MALAYSIA recorded 1,240 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, surpassing the previous record of 1,228 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of the country’s positive cases to 27,805.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said out of the total new cases, two were imported and the number of active cases with Covid-19 infection is 9,744 patients, all isolated and given treatment.

“To date, there are 94 positive cases being treated in the intensive care unit, of which 31 cases require respiratory assistance,” he said in his daily Covid-19 briefing.

Seven deaths were recorded, bringing the cumulative number of Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia to 236 (0.9% of the total cases).

Dr Noor Hisham said Sabah continues to record the highest number of cases at 927 (74.8%), which jumped again due to the 439 positive cases in Kepayan Prison due to more active case tracking conducted in Sabah.

“In addition, the mobilisation of health workers has helped a lot in the field screening efforts, as well as medical treatment. Logistics and sample delivery aspects were also improved to enable RTK-Ag and RT-PCR test results to be obtained more quickly,” he said.

Selangor recorded 176 new cases, followed by Pulau Pinang (61), Negri Sembilan (25), Kuala Lumpur (17), Perak (8), Sarawak (7), Labuan (5), Johor (4), and Kedah and Terengganu with three cases each, while Melaka recorded two cases.

Meanwhile, the Klang Valley recorded 194 cases (15.6% of the total cases), of which, 120 cases were from existing and new clusters.

Three new clusters were identified, namely Kapor, Hampar and Tapah Prison in Sabah, Negri Sembilan and Perak respectively.

Additionally, Malaysia recorded 691 Covid-19 recovered cases, bringing the cumulative number of cases that have fully recovered to 17,825 cases (64.1% of the total cases).

Sabah recorded 517 recoveries, followed by Selangor (107), Labuan (30), Pulau Pinang (20), and Negri Sembilan and Sarawak with four recoveries each, while Melaka, Perak and Johor recorded three.

The ministry also takes note of the public’s views on the concept used in naming clusters, which is based on the background of the index case for the cluster.

“The name of the cluster is chosen based on the name of the building, park or street residence or workplace index case. This is to ensure effective communication between the parties involved in cluster control and management.

“In addition, the name of a cluster can also be chosen to describe the way the infection is spread between index cases and close contacts, such as the Auto cluster that describes a cluster infection in the workplace involving employees in an automotive company, and the Henna cluster that describes a cluster infection starting from the henna ceremony,” said the Health DG.

He added that the ministry is very careful in choosing cluster names to avoid any anxiety and stigma to patients, local residents or organisations involved, and regularly conducts case tracking in the field to ensure that all those involved are screened and isolated from the community, if they are found to be infected.