Covid-19: 5 new clusters, MoH adds bed capacity

There are now 106,690 cumulative cases since the pandemic broke on Jan 25

by AZREEN HANI / Pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

FIVE new clusters were identified in Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Johor, Kelantan and Putrajaya yesterday where four came from workplaces.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the first new cluster detected since Dec 13 was the Jalan Gadang Construction Site cluster involving Lembah Pantai and Cheras districts in Kuala Lumpur (KL).

“As of Dec 28, a total of 375 individuals have been screened and 13 cases have been tested positive,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a press conference yesterday.

The second cluster, the Menara Sri cluster, is also a workplace cluster spreading in Cheras, Kepong, Lembah Pantai and Titiwangsa in KL, as well as the Kerian district in Perak.

He said the index case for this cluster (case 99,803) was reported positive on Dec 24 through screening of symptomatic individuals and 14 cases tested positive.

The Bukit Pasir cluster in the Muar district in Johor has recorded nine positive cases up to yesterday. The Putra 15 Cluster reported in Putrajaya saw eight positive Covid-19 cases.

The only non-workplace cluster reported yesterday was the Pintu Geng cluster in Kota Baru, Kelantan, with 21 positive cases.

Malaysia reported 1,594 new cases yesterday, where three were imported. There are now 106,690 cumulative cases since the pandemic broke on Jan 25.

Currently, there are 20,643 active cases nationwide. Three more deaths were reported yesterday, taking the total fatalities to 455 or 0.4% of total cases.

Selangor recorded the highest number of daily cases yesterday at 697, with 593 cases from existing clusters and detected through close contract screenings actively conducted in the field.

Other states with three-digit cases were KL (194), Johor (191), Negri Sembilan (160) and Sabah (157).

According to Dr Noor Hisham, 108 cases were also detected at lockups, immigration detention depots and prisons.

Up to 1,181 patients have recovered, taking the cumulative total recoveries to 85,592 cases, while 116 positive patients were being treated at the intensive care units, with 53 of them requiring ventilators.

Earlier yesterday, the Health Mnistry announced that it has increased the bed capacity at the Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (PKRC MAEPS) in Selangor by 3,032 beds, taking the total capacity to 6,132 beds.

According to Deputy Health DG (medical) Datuk Dr Rohaizat Yon, the number of beds will continue to be increased up to 10,000 beds, based on current needs.

Dr Rohaizat said in a statement yesterday that the increase is due to the continuous rise of Covid-19 cases.

“The operation of PKRC MAEPS 2.0 is placed under the control of the Chief Commander of the Central Region, namely the Selangor state director of health,” he added.

On Dec 9, The Malaysian Reserve reported that the government had reopened the PKRC MAEPS due to the rising Covid-19 cases among foreign workers in the country.

Dr Noor Hisham had said the ministry expected the number of patients involving foreign workers to increase from screening tests in six states.

Earlier, he reportedly said that Covid-19 patients should be isolated at home and keep regular contacts with Health Districts officers for now, before being taken to hospital.

This is because the ministry is currently dealing with high numbers of cases and logistics issues when it comes to ferrying patients to hospitals.

“This happened in Sabah, too. We are talking about over 1,000 cases a day. This is because of increased testing among foreign workers and as expected, more cases being diagnosed,” Dr Noor Hisham was quoted in a report by The Malay Mail.

 

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Health ministry increases bed capacity at MAEPS quarantine centre