Covid-19: Death tally surpasses 500

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA’S Covid-19 death tally now stands at 501 cases following the seven new fatalities reported yesterday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the casualties were all Malaysians, with the youngest being 45 years old, while the oldest was aged 83.

There were 1,741 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of positive cases to 120,818. Of the new cases, eight were imported.

Selangor again reported the most cases at 687, of which 541 were from clusters and close contact screening, followed by Sabah with 303 cases and Johor with 295 cases.

The Health Ministry also reported 1,010 recovered cases, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 98,228 cases.

As of yesterday, 122 cases have been admitted into the intensive care unit, of which 53 cases require respiratory aids.

Additionally, five new clusters were detected and identified as the Jalan Duyong, Pasar Jalan Sentosa, Jalan Nakhoda, Ehsan Ibol and Telok Mas clusters.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) has been implemented in Kampung Timbang Dayang, Kota Belud, Sabah from today until Jan 18.

Meanwhile, the EMCO at the Jasin Correctional Centre and government staff quarters ended as scheduled yesterday.

The police arrested 466 individuals on Sunday for violating the standard operating procedures. From the total, 463 were compounded, two were remanded and one on police bail.

“Among the offences committed included entertainment centre activities (187), failure to comply with physical distancing (110), not wearing face masks (90), failure to provide equipment to record customer details (62) and others (17),” Ismail Sabri said in a statement yesterday.

On Ops Benteng, 24 illegal immigrants were detained, while six vehicles were seized.

From July 24, 2020, to Jan 3, 2021, a total of 97,758 individuals have returned to the country.

Of that number, 7,673 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 540 individuals have been sent to hospitals for treatment. A total of 89,545 individuals were allowed to return home.