Covid-19: 9 new clusters, 3,306 new cases

With the expiry of 2 clusters, the MoH is monitoring 299 active clusters nationwide

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA recorded nine new Covid-19 clusters yesterday, with 3,306 new positive cases.

This increased the cumulative number of positive cases in the country to 161,740 with 38,791 cases still active.

Out of the new cases reported yesterday, seven were imported, while the remaining 3,299 were locally transmitted involving 2,198 Malaysians and 1,101 foreigners.

Selangor again reported the highest number of cases at 1,213, followed by Sabah (432) and Johor (329).

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said currently, 226 patients are in intensive care units with 94 requiring ventilator support.

Four fatalities were also reported yesterday, raising the Covid-19 death toll to 605. With the expiry of two clusters, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is monitoring 299 active clusters nationwide.

Clusters reporting the highest number of new cases is the Bina Muda Construction Site cluster with 217 new cases, Perdana Avenue Construction Site cluster (145) and Casuarina Construction Site cluster (76).

On the recovery end, 2,293 patients were discharged yesterday, increasing the cumulative cases of treated patients nationwide to 122,344.

Meanwhile, the government has implemented the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the Seremban and Port Dickson districts of Negri Sembilan, effective today until Feb 1.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said MoH confirmed there was a surge in Covid-19 cases in the districts in the last 14 days, from 777 to 876 cases.

“Aside from that, there are seven areas within Seremban that have come under the red zone category.

“The total number of cases reported within the period of 14 days from the seven areas is between 56 and 283 cases,” Ismail Sabri said in a statement yesterday.

In Port Dickson, Covid-19 cases increased from 35 to 167 from various clusters.

He also announced that the Enhanced MCO in Kampung Timbang Dayang in Kota Belud, Sabah, ended yesterday, noting that the last new case was reported on Jan 11.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said police detained 785 individuals over MCO-related standard operation procedures where 765 were compounded, 19 remanded and one was given bail.

The authorities had also detained 33 foreigners travelling without legal documents and confiscated four vehicles, following the mounting of 428 roadblocks nationwide.

A total of 8,346 individuals have been put under mandatory quarantine following their return from abroad, while 540 of them have been sent to hospitals for treatment.