Covid-19: Daily cases cross 2,000 mark

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE country yesterday recorded 2,188 new Covid-19 cases, all of which were local transmissions, bringing the number of active cases to 14,353 and the overall total to 58,847.

According to Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the Teratai cluster reported the most cases at 1,511 followed by the Tembok cluster (103) and the Bintang cluster (69).

“Selangor again had the highest number of cases at 1,623 (74.2%).

“This is followed by Sabah (232 or 10.6%) and Perak (112 or 5.1%),” he said yesterday.

He said most of the cases reported in Selangor were from the Teratai cluster, which involved Top Glove Corp Bhd’s workers in Klang, with an increase of 93.1%.

“Medical and public health aid teams have been mobilised to the affected areas to assist in all control and prevention activities including mass screening,” he said.

A total of 107 cases (4.9%) were related to the prison clusters namely the Tembok cluster, Kedah (103), Seberang Perai prison cluster, Penang (two), Kepayan prison cluster (one) and Sandakan prison cluster in Sabah (one).

“To date, there are 112 patients in the intensive care units, of which 49 need respiratory assistance,” Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that four deaths were recorded yesterday, making the cumulative number of pandemic-related death cases in Malaysia at 341 (0.6%).

The four deaths involved a man, 84, with a history of high blood pressure and chronic lung disease who was undergoing treatment at the Penang Hospital.

One man and one woman aged 74 and 41 respectively, were both undergoing treatment at the Lahad Datu Hospital, while a 45-year-old man was being treated at the Tawau Hospital, Sabah.

As of yesterday, with the end of the Bah Layangan cluster in Labuan, there are now 167 clusters in the country.

“Of that amount, 36 clusters reported increase in cases,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

He added that the spike in cases in the Klang Valley was heavily tied to workplace clusters.

“To date, there are 119 clusters reported to be workplace related of which 36 have ended, while 83 are still active,” he said.

Meanwhile, 1,673 cases recovered yesterday, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 44,153 or 75% of total cases.

Separately, as of Nov 23, some 329 individuals were detained for breaching the Recovery Movement Control Order where 311 were compounded, five remanded and three were on bail.

“Among the violations are not wearing face masks (131), failure to maintain physical distancing (59), failure to record customer details (50), interstate travel without permission (38) and others (51),” Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in the statement yesterday.

From Ops Benteng, 88 foreigners and five smugglers were detained, while 13 vehicles were confiscated.

For the mandatory quarantine between July 24 and Nov 23, some 73,713 individuals returned through international borders and have been placed in 76 hotels and 18 public and private institutions.

“A total of 10,152 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 405 have been sent to hospitals for treatment and 63,156 individuals were allowed to return home,” Ismail Sabri said.