Covid-19: 3,339 new cases, 10 new clusters

Selangor is the top contributor with 1,314 cases reported or 39.4% of the total cases

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIA reported 3,339 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, with an additional 10 clusters recorded, said Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The new daily cases brought the total number of Covid-19 infections to 158,434 with active cases standing at 37,782 and increases in new cases were reported in all states yesterday.

Of the total, only 15 were imported cases, while 3,324 were locally transmitted.

Selangor remained as the top contributor with 1,314 cases reported or 39.4% of the total cases.

“Of these, a total of 1,122 cases (85.4%) were from existing clusters and close contact screening. Sabah followed with 393 cases (11.8%) and Johor with 362 cases (10.8%),” said Dr Noor Hisham in his daily update yesterday.

Two new clusters were reported in Selangor, namely the Jalan Pandan Indah cluster and DTI Sepang cluster.

The Jalan Pandan Indah Cluster in Hulu Langat is a workplace cluster which reported 77 positive cases yesterday.

Meanwhile, the DTI Sepang Cluster — which is an immigration depot — reported 80 positive cases yesterday, after 283 foreign workers underwent screening at the depot. The workers were screened before being deported to their respective countries.

In Sabah, the Taman Ikan Jinak cluster in the Kota Belud district reported 21 new positive cases out of 46 individuals who were screened.

In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the Jalan Mawila cluster at the Royal Malaysian Navy, Sepanggar base recorded 15 positive cases from the total 130 people tested.

The Jalan Perak cluster in Johor Baru, was detected after a targeted screening was conducted at a factory in Pasir Gudang. The first positive case was detected on Dec 31 last year. As of yesterday, 504 individuals were tested, where 35 were positive.

In Kuala Lumpur (KL), a targeted screening at a workplace in Apartment One Menerung, Lembah Pantai district, found that 23 out of 26 individuals screened tested positive. They come under the Jalan Menerung cluster.

Meanwhile, a construction site in Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Titiwangsa, KL, also reported a new cluster — namely the Tapak Bina Jalan Yap — where 47 individuals were screened and 21 tested positive.

In Pahang, the Rantau Lada cluster reported 19 of the 58 individuals at the Temerloh and Maran districts tested positive of Covid-19. The first case was detected on Jan 9 due to symptoms after travelling from Selangor.

The Jalan Peringgit cluster in Melaka reported an index case on Jan 11. So far, 128 people have been screened and 24 were found positive.

In Labuan, the Mohammed Salleh cluster reported an index case who showed symptoms of Covid-19 after coming back from Sabah. As of yesterday, 432 individuals have been screened and 12 were found to be positive.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 240 Covid-19 patients being treated at the intensive care units, of which 93 required ventilators.

Yesterday, seven Covid-19 deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities to 601.

Three of the patients were from Selangor, while two were from Johor and one each from Kedah and Negri Sembilan. Six of them had various history of critical illnesses.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that 2,676 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the total number of patients recovered of the virus to 120,051, or 75.8% of the total cases.

Meanwhile, in a statement earlier, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the police arrested 608 individuals for defaulting the Movement Control Order with 580 of them compounded, while 27 were remanded and one released and guaranteed by the authority.

Among the offences included not wearing face masks (200), businesses that failed to record customer details (147), interstate travel without permission (66) and failure to comply with physical distancing (46).

A total of 42 premises were compounded due to operating over the time allowed, while 11 were fined for conducting entertainment activities.


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