Covid-19: 1,704 new cases yesterday

MoH also identified 9 new clusters, which bring the current total of active clusters to 232


THE highest contributor to the 1,704 new Covid-19 positive cases in the country yesterday was Selangor with 673 cases where five were import cases, with the majority coming from active clusters and close contact screenings.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with the new cases, active cases currently stand at 21,365.

“Selangor is followed by Sabah with 316 cases and Johor with 179.

“Seventy-four cases were from lockup clusters, immigration detainment depot and prison clusters such as the Jalan Harapan, Seberang Perai, Tembok Choh, Tembok Gajah, Tembok and Kolam Air clusters,” he said.

In the intensive care unit, 124 patients were reported to be undergoing treatment with 51 of them requiring ventilator aid. Dr Noor Hisham also announced 11 deaths caused by the virus, bringing the country’s death tally to 494.

“Of the 11 deaths, 10 were Malaysians and one foreigner,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry (MoH) also identified nine new clusters, which bring the current total of active clusters to 232. Six clusters were announced as expired, bringing the total of terminated clusters to 300.

“The new clusters are identified as Lintas Seraya, Perdana Avenue construction site, Osmo Jaya, Belati, Wawasan Gading, Rengit Sentral, Manik, Paloh Tumpat and Stutong,” he said.

On updates related to the Movement Control Order (MCO), the Conditional MCO (CMCO) will be implemented at Mukim Peringat and Mukim Kota, Kota Baru, Kelantan, due to the emergence of two main clusters namely Halban and Pintu Geng.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there has been an uptrend in positive Covid-19 cases in the area and as such, the CMCO will be implemented from today until Jan 17.

“The CMCO implementation will allow MoH to pursue smoother focused screening tests and reduce movement within the communities between the two districts,” he said in his daily briefing yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced MCO implemented at the Immigration Detainment Depot Langkap and Staff Quarters located at Hilir Perak ended yesterday, earlier than its initial last day on Jan 14.

Ismail Sabri said MoH has been performing screening tests on all detainees and staff.

“MoH has also confirmed a downtrend in the daily Covid-19 cases within the depot, and this is being controlled while there are no samples awaiting results,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police detained 434 individuals on Saturday for violating the standard operating procedures.

“From the total, 422 were compounded while 12 were remanded.

“Among the offences committed were failure to comply with physical distancing (153), activities at entertainment centres (149), failure to record customer details (68), not wearing face masks (60) and others (4),” Ismail Sabri said.

The relevant authorities also conducted 105 roadblocks, and detained 43 illegal foreigners and one smuggler, alongside five land vehicles.

Meanwhile, 7,490 individuals are currently undergoing mandatory quarantine after returning from overseas, while 540 were sent to the hospitals for treatment and 88,894 were allowed to return home.

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11 deaths, one involved non-Malaysian