13 new clusters, 12 linked to workplaces

Malaysia recorded 4,284 new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday, where 4,278 were local transmissions and 6 imported

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THIRTEEN new Covid-19 clusters were detected yesterday, 12 of which are related to workplaces and one from a detention centre.

The clusters were detected in Sabah (3), Selangor (2), Johor (2) Kuala Lumpur (KL) (2), and one each in Pahang, Putrajaya, Penang and Kelantan.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah yesterday announced 4,284 new Covid-19 positive cases in the country yesterday, where 4,278 were local transmissions and six imported.

“Selangor reported the highest cases at 1,572 which came from existing clusters and active close contact screenings.

“This was followed by Johor with 964 cases and KL with 651 cases,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said other states that recorded three-digit cases yesterday were Sabah (190), Sarawak (148), Negri Sembilan (133), Kedah (124), Penang (122) and Perak (106).

Pahang recorded 66 cases, followed by Kelantan (65), Terengganu (55), Melaka (53), Labuan (21) and Putrajaya (14).

There were also 122 cases from prisons and detention centres, most of which came from the Tembok Mempaga (54), Tembok Pengkalan Chepa (41) and Tembok Bukit Besi (14) clusters.

The new cases yesterday have brought the country’s overall total to 226,912, of which 48,309 are active cases, where 307 were placed in the intensive care unit and 141 were on respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 3,804 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 177,794, or 78.4% of the total cases.

Eighteen deaths were reported yesterday, comprising 17 Malaysians and one foreigner, between 31 and 89 years old.

“All of them had suffered from existing medical conditions, except for the 31-year-old,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

This has brought the country’s overall Covid-19 death toll to 809.

Meanwhile, four areas have been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) effective today.

The areas are Felda Lasah and Kampung Besi Api in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, as well as the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) quarters construction site and Felda Tersat, in Kuala Berang, Hulu Terengganu. The EMCO is scheduled to end on Feb 17.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made following the increase in Covid-19 cases in those areas.

“As of Jan 31, 71 screening tests were conducted in Felda Lasah and Kg Besi Api where 35 positive cases were detected,” he said in his press statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, in Terengganu, 386 screening tests were performed at the TNB quarters construction site and of that, 62 positive cases were recorded.

The Health Ministry also conducted 420 screening tests in Felda Tersat, of which 45 individuals tested positive.


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Covid-19: 4,284 new cases, 18 deaths