Nation has 220 active Covid-19 clusters

50 clusters have reported an increase in cases, says Dr Noor Hisham


THE Ministry of Health identified nine new clusters yesterday, bringing the total number of active clusters in the country to 220.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 50 clusters have reported an increase in cases, while the ones reporting the highest new numbers are Tembok Mempaga with 282 cases, Seri Lanang (168) and Lebuh construction site clusters (125).

“States-wise, Selangor has reported the highest number of cases today which are 747, and out of the total, 625 are from active clusters and close contact screening tests.

“This is followed by Kuala Lumpur (KL) with 360 cases and Pahang with 288, which is impacted by the Tembok Mempaga cluster,” he said in a statement yesterday.

These new clusters were Seri Lanang, Jalan Chu, Awan Puteh construction site, Integra Ikon, Jalan Satang, Tembok Mempaga, Timbang Dayang, Teguli and Rambai.

Seri Lanang was reported to be a workplace cluster involving Klang, Gombak, Kuala Selangor and Petaling areas in Selangor, while Jalan Chu and Awan Puteh involved Lembah Pantai, and Integra Ikon alongside Jalan Satang involved Titiwangsa and Kepong in KL.

Timbang Dayang and Teguli are both located in Kota Belud and Putatan in Sabah respectively, while the Rambai cluster involves Melaka Tengah and Alor Gajah areas, as well as Petaling in Selangor and Rembau in Negri Sembilan (NS).

Three clusters have ended after not recording any new cases, and they were Bot Biru (Sabah), Gedong (NS) and Jernih (NS) clusters.

Yesterday, there were 1,925 new cases, adding up to the currently active and infectious cases to 21,443 and the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 108,615.

Of the total, 10 cases were imported.

To date, 117 positive cases are undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit, where 55 patients require ventilator aid and two patients died from the virus, increasing the death tally to 457.

In terms of recovery, 1,123 patients have been treated and healed from the virus, adding to the cumulative number of full  recovery from Covid-19 up to 86,715 in the country.

Meanwhile, on the Recovery Movement Control Order (MCO) updates, as many as 142 individuals were detained for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs), while the authorities have also mounted 110 roadblocks with 16 foreigners detained for travelling illegally and confiscated three land vehicles.

Nine construction sites were inspected yesterday for compliance with the SOPs, of which they were all found to have complied, while 873 retailers offering essential needs were also monitored and found to be SOP-compliant.

Public sanitation operations have also been performed 28 times yesterday, encompassing eight red zones, six orange zones, five yellow zones and four green zones, totalling to 13,131 operations since March 30, 2020.

Currently undergoing mandatory quarantine are 7,518 individuals, while 540 have been sent to the hospital for treatment and 85,670 allowed to return home.

On the other hand, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) has to be implemented on Kamunting Correction Centre and quarters, after having found 50 positive Covid-19 cases up to Dec 24, 2020.

The EMCO would be effective today until Jan 12, 2021, to control the cluster’s spread among other detainees, staff, family members and the external community.

Read our earlier report

EMCO for Kamunting Correctional Centre, quarters