Covid-19: Cases nearing 200,000

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA’S total number of Covid-19 cases is now at 198,208 with 4,094 new cases recorded yesterday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the new cases, 4,086 were local transmissions and eight imported cases, adding to the country’s overall active cases at 43,192.

Among the active cases, 303 were placed in intensive care units, with 118 of them requiring respiratory aid.

A total of 10 deaths were reported, increasing the number of fatalities to 717.

“Three deaths in Selangor and Sabah, two in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and one in Kedah and Sarawak respectively. Nine of them were citizens,” the Health DG said in a statement yesterday.

However, 3,281 patients were discharged, increasing the country’s total recoveries to 154,299.

Selangor still reported the highest new daily cases with 1,577 cases, followed by Johor (717) and KL (678). Around 27 cases recorded were related to clusters in lockups, immigration detention depots and prisons.

Three clusters ended yesterday, namely Putra 15, Batu Besar and Kupi-Kupi. However, nine new clusters were detected involving five workplace-related clusters, three community clusters and one involving high-risk groups.

These clusters are known as Jalan Faizal, Jalan Satria, Jalan Dewani Satu, Industri Peramu Jaya, Taman Mahkota Impian, Jalan Pakat, Indah Riang, Kampung Kemansur and Jalan Kejora.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government has agreed to extend business hours for other business sectors until 10pm starting today. These businesses include grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, pet food stores, laundromats and optical stores.

He also said the forestry and timber sector, as well as its chains involving logging and others, is allowed to operate as usual starting today.