Johor tops daily Covid cases for 1st time

The state’s 95.2% cases are from clusters and close contact screening tests with uptrend influenced by the Tembok Choh cluster


JOHOR, for the first time, reported the highest number of daily new cases at 607 as of noon yesterday, said Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture).

According to him, 95.2% of the cases in the state are from clusters and close contact screening tests, and the uptrend is influenced by prison-related cases such as the Tembok Choh cluster — a newly detected cluster.

Selangor recorded another 472 new cases and Sabah with 280.

The number of daily new cases has increased to 1,870, taking the currently active number of cases to 22,562 and the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to 110,485.

Up to 131 patients are undergoing treatment in the intensive care units and 62 of them require ventilator aid.

Apart from Tembok Choh (involving Johor Baru, Pontian, Kota Tinggi, Kulai and Mersing), the Health Ministry also detected another seven clusters — such as the Broga construction site (Hulu Langat in Selangor), Jalan Stesen construction site, Slot Berjaya (Lembah Pantai in Kuala Lumpur [KL]), Jalan Nikolas (Titiwangsa in KL), Pongsu Gate (Kerian and Kinta in Perak), Damai Ketari (Bentong in Pahang) and Alor (Kota Setar in Kedah) clusters.

On the other hand, five clusters have ended — namely the Sungai Mulia construction site (KL), Assumption (Penang), Block 31 (Sabah), Tanjung Bunga and Jeri (Johor).

There are 223 active clusters as of yesterday, where 53 clusters have reported increases in Covid-19 cases.

Six more deaths were recorded, bringing the total fatalities to 463.

Meanwhile, police have detained 231 individuals for not complying with the standard operating procedures, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

According to him, out of the total, 225 have been compounded, while six of them were remanded.

“Among the offences are failure to prepare items or devices to record customer details (80), not wearing protective face masks (71), entertainment centre activities (63), failure to comply with physical-distancing order (13) and others,” he said in a statement.

On the border security, 110 roadblocks had been mounted by the relevant authorities, with 29 foreigners detained and 10 vehicles confiscated.

The sanitation operations had also seen 23 performed in 15 red zones, three orange zones, three yellow zones and four green zones in eight states — namely Sabah, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Melaka, Penang, Johor, Perak, Putrajaya and KL.

Currently, 6,747 citizens who returned from international borders are undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 540 have been sent to the hospital for treatment.

To date, 86,839 individuals who had undergone mandatory quarantine have been allowed to return home.

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Police detains 231 individuals for breaching SOP