Two new clusters, 1,600 Covid-19 cases reported

Negri Sembilan recorded the highest number with 541 positive cases, 521 of which are from existing clusters

By S BIRRUNTHA / Pic RAZAK GHAZALI

A TOTAL of 1,600 new Covid-19 positive cases in the country were recorded yesterday involving 1,597 local transmissions and three import cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the total, Negri Sembilan recorded the highest number with 541 positive cases, 521 of which are from existing clusters in the state.

Dr Noor Hisham also reported two new Covid-19 clusters which were detected in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

The increase in the new cases brought the country’s overall total to 74,294.

There are now 11,604 active Covid- 19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 129 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 57 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Dr Noor Hisham said 1,033 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 62,306, which equals to 83.9%.

Two new deaths were reported in Sabah yesterday, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 384.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) imposed on the Seremban Prison and its staff quarters in Negri Sembilan has been extended for another 14 days beginning today until Dec 21.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the EMCO in Seremban Prison was scheduled to end today.

He added that as of last Friday, the Ministry of Health (MoH) conducted 1,582 screening tests and a total of 964 positive Covid-19 cases were recorded among the detainees and staff at the prison.

“The MoH also confirmed that the remaining 185 screening samples through second screening tests are still pending.

“In this regard, on the advice of the MoH, the government has agreed to extend the EMCO in the locality starting today until Dec 21,” the minister said in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, the EMCO in Kampung Sabah Baru in Lahad Datu, Sabah, ended yesterday as scheduled, following a positive development in the risk assessment activities carried out by the MoH.

Ismail Sabri said a total of 2,054 screening tests were conducted at the locality, 382 of which were positive cases.

“The MoH also confirmed that all screening samples had been obtained and there were no more pending samples,” he said.

As for the MCO violation, Ismail Sabri said a total of 487 individuals were arrested for various offences on Dec 6.

Of the total number of arrests, 470 of them were compounded, while 17 were remanded.

“Among the offences include failing to comply with physical distancing rules (205), taking part in pub and nightclub activities (94), not wearing face masks (77), failing to provide equipment for registration (59) and others (52),” he said.

Under Ops Benteng, the authorities detained 25 illegal immigrants and a boat skipper on Dec 6.

A total of 292 roadblocks were also conducted by the police together with the authorities from the Agency Border Security of Malaysia and Malaysian Armed Forces.

In addition, Ismail Sabri said a total of 39 sanitation operations were performed on Dec 6, covering 13 red zones, three orange zones, 11 yellow zones and two green zones in 13 states.

He said a total of 83,164 individuals arrived at all international entrances from July 24 until Dec 6, and all of them were placed in 75 hotels and 18 other premises.

Of that number, he said 11,957 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine and 509 individuals were sent to the hospital for treatment.

He added that a total of 70,698 individuals were discharged and allowed to return home.

The minister said the enforcement team from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs conducted the daily inspection yesterday on the supply of goods which involved 654 business premises.

He added that the team performed special inspections on 724 premises and found that all premises complied with the prescribed standard operating procedures.

The minister also noted that, overall, the supply of necessities is adequate and able to meet the current demand of the people in the country.