by AFIQ AZIZ / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD
A TOTAL of 1,309 new Covid-19 cases were recorded yesterday with Kuala Lumpur (KL) reporting the highest number of cases at 493, followed by Sabah (290) and Selangor (238).
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new figure brings the cumulative number of positive cases in the country to 64,485, of which 11,481 are active.
“Of the total number of new cases, there was one import case from abroad, while 1,308 cases were from local transmissions,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said 1,333 patients recovered and were discharged yesterday, taking the total number of recovered cases to 52,647.
Dr Noor Hisham said three Covid-19-related deaths were also reported, namely two local men from Perak and Negri Sembilan, and a non-citizen woman in Sabah.
The three brought the cumulative number of deaths in the country due to the disease, to 357 yesterday.
He said 116 cases were being treated at the intensive care unit with 42 requiring respiratory assistance.
Four new clusters were discovered, which are Sungai Mulia construction site in Kuala Lumpur, Batu Lima in Sabah, Yayasan in Selangor and Hilir in Kelantan.
The Sungai Mulia cluster in the Titiwangsa district was discovered as a result of workplace screening at a construction site.
“To date, a total of 124 people have been tested, of which 23 are confirmed Covid-19 positive,” Dr Noor Hisham said yesterday.
He said the index case for the Batu Lima cluster in the Kota Kinabalu district was reported positive on Nov 19 from screening symptomatic individuals and so far, 118 people were screened with 49 cases confirmed positive in the cluster.
Dr Noor Hisham said for the Yayasan cluster in the Klang district, the index case was confirmed Covid-19 positive on Nov 20, also from screening symptomatic individuals and as of yesterday, 190 people were tested with 21 cases confirmed positive.
As for the Hilir cluster, he said it involved four districts in Kelantan, namely Kota Baru, Tumpat, Bachok and Pasir Puteh.
Dr Noor Hisham said with the additional four new clusters, the total number of clusters reported was 359, with 183 clusters active.
Meanwhile, the Megah cluster, involving the Sandakan district in Sabah, was declared closed yesterday, bringing the total clusters that ended to 176.
Earlier, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in his daily briefing that police arrested 648 people as of Saturday for violating standard operating procedures of the Recovery Movement Control Order.
He said 54 individuals were remanded and the remaining 594 were issued compounds.
The most common offence committed was taking part in activities at entertainment centres, which accounted for 331 arrests.
“A further 102 arrests were due to failure in maintaining physical distancing, along with 65 arrests for failure to wear face masks, and 64 arrests for crossing state or district borders without permission,” he added.