649 cases as new clusters continue to emerge
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Sabah remained the hardest-hit state, recording 352 cases yesterday while Selangor, the 2nd-worst affected, chalked up 132 cases

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / pic by ARIF KARTONO

MALAYSIA recorded 649 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the third consecutive fall in daily infections, bringing the total number of infections to 30,090.

The country also registered no new death, maintaining the total number of deaths at 246 or 0.8% of overall cases.

Sabah remained the hardest-hit state, recording 352 new cases yesterday against 546 on Wednesday. Selangor was the second-worst affected, chalking up 132 new cases. The two states and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya contributed 511 cases or 78.7% of the total cases recorded yesterday.

Six hundred and eighty five recoveries were also reported, pushing the recovery count to 19,757 or 65.7% of total cases. This leaves Malaysia with 10,087 active cases. 106 patients were under intensive care, of which 23 required respiratory support.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement announced the opening of a second quarantine and low-risk Covid-19 treatment centre in the Federal Territory of Labuan following a spike in new cases in over a month.

He said between Sept 27 and Oct 29, Labuan recorded 366 new infections compared to 26 cases from the start of the pandemic in March until Sept 26. The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for Labuan has since been extended to another 14 days until Nov 13. It was first placed under the CMCO onOct17.

Health officials also identified five new clusters of Covid-19 cases in Sabah, Selangor and Negri Sembilan.

They are the Sakti cluster in Sabah, Tuguson (Sabah), Bah Medan (Selangor), Taman Laut (Selangor) and Taman Bunga (Negri Sembilan).

The global tally for confirmed Covid-19 cases climbed to 44.55 million yesterday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 1.17 million. The US remains at the top of the list with 8.86 million cases.

Surging Covid-19 cases in the US and Europe have raised new concerns as France and Germany, two of Europe’s biggest economies, recently announced new four-week lockdown measures to combat rising infections.

French President Emmanuel Macron made the declaration via a televised address on Wednesday, just hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a nationwide lockdown which will begin next Monday.

Macron said existing restrictions were “not enough anymore” as he warned that by mid-November, all intensive care beds could be taken by Covid-19 patients unless a “brake” was put on the spread of the virus.