Covid-19: 1,340 new cases, 3 new clusters


MALAYSIA recorded 1,340 new Covid-19 cases as of noon yesterday involving three import cases detected in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Sarawak, bringing the country’s total active cases to 15,563.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said four fatalities were reported yesterday, tallying the total deaths in the country to 437 cases or a 0.47% mortality rate.

Up until yesterday, 116 positive cases were being treated at the intensive care unit with 57 individuals requiring breathing assistance.

Selangor remains on top of the highest cases chart with 441 cases or 32.9% followed by KL with 284 cases (21.2%) and Sabah with 196 cases (14.6%).

Dr Noor Hisham said three new clusters, Metropolis Construction Site, Estate Maju and Batu 39, have been detected, in addition to the 199 active clusters, of which 44 reported an increase in positive cases.

“Among the clusters that recorded the highest case increases are Metropolis Construction Site (140 cases), Ceram (107) and Jalan Harapan Prison (58),” he said.

The Metropolis Construction Site cluster involves the Kepong district in KL and reported its first positive case on Dec 14 through workplace screening. Until yesterday, 481 individuals were tested for the coronavirus and 147 were detected positive.

Meanwhile, the Estate Maju cluster was detected in Kota Kinabalu, Putatan and Tuaran in Sabah after its index case was confirmed positive on Dec 8. Until yesterday, 63 individuals were tested from the cluster and 28 were positive.

The Batu 39 cluster was detected in Pontian, Johor, and its index case was detected on Dec 18. To date, 152 individuals have been tested from this cluster and 28 are positive.

Dr Noor Hisham said detention centres and prison clusters recorded 134 cases which included the Jalan Harapan Prison (58), Tembok Gajah (56), Tembok (10), Seberang Perai Prison (8) and Kepayan Prison (2).

Following the seasonal flood at the east coast involving Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang, the Rantau Panjang government clinic in Kelantan was affected and the medical supplies had been transferred to Sekolah Kebangsaan Gual Tinggi.

Meanwhile, 672 individuals were arrested yesterday for flouting the Movement Control Order, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said in a statement yesterday that 643 of the offenders were compounded and 29 were remanded.

“Among the offences were violations of the regulations for entertainment premises (442), not wearing a face mask (90), failing to comply with physical distancing (78) and failing to provide customers details (37),” he said.

For the Ops Benteng, the authorities detained 83 illegal immigrants and a boat captain, while seizing three land vehicles through 118 roadblocks conducted yesterday.

Between July 24 and Dec 19, a total of 89,479 individuals arrived at all international entrances and were placed at 75 hotels, 16 public training institutes and other premises.

Of the total figure, 8,384 individuals were undergoing mandatory quarantine and 532 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment, while a total of 80,563 individuals were allowed to return home.

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1340 new cases detected, mortality rate remains below 1%