Covid-19: Active cases below 10,000, 900 recoveries reported

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MALAYSIA recorded 900 recoveries yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of cases fully recovered from Covid-19 to 23,120 cases or 69.3% of the total cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said as of Nov 2 at noon, a total of 834 new cases were reported, making the country’s total number of positive Covid-19 cases at 33,339, while the total number of active cases with the infection was 9,968.

“Of 834 new cases today, there are three imported cases involving one citizen and two non-citizens arriving from the US (1 case in Kuala Lumpur [KL]), India (1 case in KL) and Indonesia (1 case in Johor) respectively,” he said yesterday.

Sabah recorded a total of 503 cases while the states in the Klang Valley recorded 157 cases.

Labuan recorded an increase of almost six times from 18 positive cases on Nov 1 to 105 cases yesterday.

The DG said these five states contributed 765 cases (91.7%) in total but he surge in the number of positive cases in Labuan is due to targeted screening conducted in the field.

A total of 64 cases related to temporary detention centres and prison clusters were reported yesterday, consisting of Tawau Temporary Detention Centre (42), Seberang Perai Prison cluster (9), Kepayan Prison cluster (8), Red House cluster (4) and Tapah Prison Cluster (1).

Ninety-one Covid-19 positive cases were being treated at the intensive care unit, of which 32 cases require respiratory assistance. Two deaths were recorded, bringing the cumulative number of Covid-19 deaths into 251 cases (0.8% of the total cases). Additionally, five new clusters were identified namely PTS Tawau, Tenaga, Gedong, Wisma Saberkas and Seridana.

PTS Tawau involved a temporary detention centre in Tawau, Sabah. A total of 1,671 individuals were screened, of which 104 cases detected positive (42 new cases) and 1,567 individuals were still awaiting results.

The Tenaga cluster involved the Batu Arang in Labuan, while the Gedong cluster involved Seremban, Port Dickson, and Rembau in Negri Sembilan, Petaling in Selangor, Johor Baru in Johor, and Putrajaya.

Additionally, the Wisma Saberkas cluster involved Kuching in Sarawak and Seridana cluster in Putrajaya.

The DG said the Sungai cluster ended yesterday in Kedah and Perlis where a total of 25,406 people were screened.

Of these, 101 cases were positive and the remaining 25,305 were negative. The positivity rate for this cluster is 0.4% and one death was reported.