by ASILA JALIL/FILE PIX
Kelantan was put under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) as it detected 73 active Covid-19 cases as of Thursday, says Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Dr Noor Hisham said after a risk evaluation by the ministry, they have identified factors that require the former green zone state to be put under the restriction.
“There were only eight cases in three districts in the state on Nov 3 but on Nov 19, Kelantan recorded 73 active cases and it has spread to eight out of 10 districts in the state.
“Among the factors that contributed to the increase was due to individuals from the red zone that brought the virus to Kelantan and may have infected their family members,” he said in a press briefing today.
There are seven active clusters in the state namely the Ikhtisas Cluster, Cergas, Kube, Kaya, Mengketil, Simera and Jalan Meru which are still being monitored.
He also highlighted concerns towards the Mengketil Cluster which saw an increase of 41 cases in five days.
“Cases in this cluster were first identified in Machang but it has now spread to Kota Bharu, Tanah Merah, Pasir Mas and Kuala Krai. It has also spread to Besut district in Terengganu.
“This cluster shows a high infection rate and it would be out of control if EMCO is not enforced,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malaysia recorded 958 new positive cases today bringing the tally of cumulative cases in the country to 52,638.
To date, the number of active cases stood at 13,221.
Of the total new cases, 953 were locally transmitted while five were imported cases.
Sabah accounted for the bulk with 512 new cases, followed by Selangor (153), Negeri Sembilan (153), Kuala Lumpur (46), Penang (25), Perak (24), Kedah (19), Johor (9), Kelantan (7), Terengganu (4), Sarawak (2), Melaka (2), Labuan (1), Putrajaya (1), Pahang (0) and Perlis (0).
There were 956 recoveries recorded today bringing the cumulative figure to 39,088 recovery cases.
Meanwhile, a total of 110 cases are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, of which 42 require ventilator support.
Three deaths were recorded today pushing the death toll to 329 cases.
The fatalities took place in Sabah and involved a 32-year-old local female with no medical history; a 39-year-old local male with high blood pressures and a 64-year-old foreign citizen with heart disease.
There are also five new clusters recorded today which pushed the number of total active clusters that are being monitored to 167.
“Of the total, 47 clusters recorded new cases,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
The five new clusters are the Kasir Cluster in Tawau, Sabah; Sri Jujur Cluster in Klang, Sepang, dan Petaling in Selangor; Oad Cluster involving Seremban, Jelebu, Kuala Pilah and Jempol districts in Negeri Sembilan as well as Hulu Langat in Selangor; Enggor Cluster in Kerian, Kuala Kangsar, Batang Padang and Kinta in Perak; Makmur Cluster in Kulai and Johor Bharu districts in Johor.