Six new Covid-19 clusters detected

As of noon yesterday, there were 1,032 new Covid-19 cases, bringing its active cases to 10,339

by NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE Health Ministry (MoH) yesterday detected six new clusters in Sabah, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya that have contributed to the rise in Covid-19 infections.

Three of these new clusters are from Sabah — namely the Sandakan Prison cluster, Dialysis cluster also in Sandakan and Lahad Datu, and Sepanggar cluster in Kota Kinabalu.

The Aero cluster was reported in Petaling, Selangor, while Lengkuk cluster was detected in Sepang, Selangor and in Negri Sembilan’s districts: Seremban, Port Dickson and Rembau.

The Gading cluster was detected in Putrajaya and Seremban.

To date, Malaysia’s total infection has reached up to 35,425 cases.

As of noon yesterday, there were 1,032 new Covid-19 cases, bringing its active cases to 10,339.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sabah remains the most affected state, with 646 cases.

This is followed by the Klang Valley with 244 cases, while the Federal Territory of Labuan recorded 28 positive cases.

“These five states have contributed as many as 918 cases in total and these states are still in the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“Eight people have died from the virus, seven of them in Sabah and one in Perak,” he said in his daily briefing yesterday.

About 820 patients have recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 24,815.Meanwhile, 82 cases are in the intensive care unit, with 27 requiring ventilator support.

MoH announced that two clusters, the Embun cluster and Bah Tanjung cluster, have officially ended yesterday.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Dr Adham Baba told the Dewan Rakyat that the ministry will not share raw Covid-19 data with other parties, including state governments, to avoid creating panic or misinterpretation.

“This is to avoid the risk of contradictory or various interpretations of data by different agencies that could possibly lead to public panic because of the information delivered,” he said in a written reply to his predecessor Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Last month, the DG said the ministry could not provide raw data to the Selangor government to ensure the data interpretation is standardised.

However, the state government claimed that the move had hampered its effort to effectively curb the pandemic in Selangor.