1,220 new Covid-19 cases, 3 new clusters detected

by S BIRRUNTHA / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD

A TOTAL of 1,220 new Covid-19 positive cases was recorded in the country yesterday involving 1,214 local transmissions and six import cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the total, Selangor recorded the highest number of daily cases with 368 new patients.

He said 247 cases in Selangor were detected from existing clusters and through active contact-tracing activities.

“This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (KL) which reported a total of 297 cases and Sabah with 184 cases.

“A total of 135 cases reported yesterday were from the prison clusters namely, Jalan Harapan Prison, Tembok and Seberang Perai Prison,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Other states which recorded new cases were Melaka with 98 cases, Penang (80), Johor (67), Perak (41), Negri Sembilan (33), Labuan (16), Kelantan (10), Kedah (nine), Sarawak (nine) and Pahang (four).

Putrajaya and Terengganu recorded two cases each, while Perlis did not record any new case yesterday.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said three new clusters were detected in the country yesterday, involving KL and Sabah.

He said the first cluster known as Jalan Rusa was detected at a residential area in Cheras, KL, and it has now infected 129 individuals.

The second cluster, known as Pasifik, involves a construction site in KL, which has now infected 17 individuals.

The third cluster, known as Maringkan, was detected in the Telupid dan Ranau districts of Sabah with a total of 11 positive cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said there are now a total of 193 active clusters in the country so far.

Six previously announced clusters namely, Benteng PK, Kapas BJ, Garden, Tropicana Bah, Bercham Bah and Mentari were officially terminated yesterday.

The increase in new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 89,133.

There are now 14,671 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 106 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 53 of them requiring respiratory aid.

A total of 1,297 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 74,030, which equalled 83.1%.

Three new deaths were reported in the country, of which two were in Sabah and one in Johor. This brought the overall Covid-19 death toll to 432.

Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 196 individuals were arrested for violating the Movement Control Order on Dec 16.

He said among the offences were premises failing to provide equipment to record customer details (88), not wearing face mask (86), failure to comply with physical distancing (8) and others (14).

Under Ops Benteng, the authorities detained 59 illegal immigrants and seized three land vehicles.

From July 24 until Dec 16, a total of 87,522 individuals arrived at all international entrances and were placed in 76 hotels and 17 other premises.

Of the total figure, 9,004 individuals were undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 532 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment. A total of 77,986 individuals were allowed to return home.