by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
MALAYSIA recorded a total of 1,335 new Covid-19 positive cases in the country yesterday, involving 1,332 local transmissions and three import cases.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the highest cases yesterday with 337 cases, followed by Negri Sembilan (258) and Sabah (250).
“Other states with new cases yesterday included Kuala Lumpur (178), Johor (125), Perak (108), Penang (31), Labuan (21), Kedah (17) and Kelantan (10).
“Pahang and Melaka recorded four and three cases, while Kelantan and Terengganu recorded two and one cases respectively,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.
According to him, three new clusters were detected in Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Johor.
He said the first cluster known as the Ceram was detected in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, and has infected 171 individuals.
Another cluster, namely Pulau Berhala, was found in Sandakan, Sabah, with a total of 24 positive individuals.
The third cluster known as Jalan Tampoi was detected in Johor Baru and it has already infected 17 individuals.
Dr Noor Hisham said there are a total of 187 active clusters in the country as of now, of which 49 clusters reported an increase in cases yesterday.
The increase of new cases has brought the country’s overall total to 72,694.
There were 11,039 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide as of yesterday.
Among the active cases yesterday, 126 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 57 of them requiring respiratory aid.
A total of 1,069 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 61,273, which equalled 84.3%.
Two new Covid-19 deaths were reported in Perak and Johor yesterday. The deceased were aged 65 and 72, in which both of them had critical illnesses.
This brought the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 382.
Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 518 individuals were arrested for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) on Dec 5.
He added that of the total number of arrests, 517 of them were compounded while one was remanded.
“Among the offences were failing to comply with physical distancing rules (193), taking part in pub and nightclub activities (119), not wearing masks (71), failure to provide equipment for registration (58) and others (77),” he said in a statement yesterday.
Under Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said the authorities detained 47 illegal immigrants and seized two land vehicles.
From July 24 until Dec 5, a total of 81,896 individuals arrived at all international entrances and were placed in 79 hotels and 18 other premises.
From the total figure, 11,485 individuals were undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 509 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment.
Meanwhile, a total of 69,902 individuals were allowed to return home.