Covid-19: Malaysia records highest daily deaths at 24

Meanwhile, 3,100 new cases were reported yesterday with Selangor recording the highest at 1,196

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) reported that 24 individuals succumbed to Covid-19 yesterday, a new record high of daily deaths in the country so far.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the deaths involved 21 citizens and three foreigners aged between 45 and 92.

He added that this has brought the country’s overall Covid-19 death toll to 896.

“The death cases yesterday involved seven cases in Selangor, three cases each in Sabah, Sarawak, and Kuala Lumpur (KL), two cases each in Perak and Johor, and one case each in Kelantan, Melaka, Kedah, and Penang.

“Of the total, 21 fatalities had pre-existing medical conditions,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded 3,100 new Covid-19 cases yesterday including one import case.

He added that Selangor reported the highest new daily cases at 1,196, followed by Johor (490) and Melaka (344).

Other states which recorded three-digit infections were KL with 295 cases, Penang (209), Sabah (169) and Negri Sembilan (104).

Sarawak recorded 84 cases yesterday, followed by Perak (72), Kedah (37), Kelantan and Terengganu (30 each), Pahang (28), Putrajaya (eight), Perlis (four). Labuan did not report any new cases.

There were also 29 cases from prisons and detention centres yesterday, most of which came from the DTI Sepang Cluster 2 with nine cases, Kepayan Prison cluster (six), and Tembok Renggam cluster (four).

Dr Noor Hisham also said 13 new clusters were detected yesterday, with 11 of them involving workplaces, while the remaining were community clusters.

13 new clusters were detected yesterday, with 11 of them involving workplaces, while the remaining were community clusters

“There were four clusters each in Selangor and Johor, and one each in KL, Sabah, Terengganu, Sarawak and Negri Sembilan,” he noted.

The workplace clusters in Selangor are Jalan Teknologi, Jalan Sungai Rasa, Persiaran Mokhtar construction site and Persiaran Hulu.

In Johor, the workplace clusters are Sri Meranti, Jalan Harmonium, Jalan Cyber Lima and Laman Desaru.

Other workplace clusters are Lengkok Pantai (KL), Batu 38 (Sabah) and Kampung Tandak (Terengganu).

The two community clusters are Sebangkoi (Sarawak) and the other stated as a high-risk group in Taman Bukit Petaling (Negri Sembilan).

The increase in new cases brought the country’s overall total to 245,552.

There are now 51,977 active cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 282 were placed in the intensive care units, with 134 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 2,340 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 192,679, which equals to 78.5%.

Separately, the government has decided to implement the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at 18 housing areas in Bandar Muadzam Shah, Rompin, Pahang, for two weeks starting today.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this is due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the residential areas for the past 10 days.

“The residential areas include Desa Bidara, Desa Keranji, Taman Redan Perdana, Desa Teratai, Desa Melor, Desa Mawar 1 and 2, Desa Jati 1 and 2, Desa Anggerik, Desa Kenanga, Desa Tanjung, Desa Dahlia 1 and 2, Desa Cempaka, Desa Alamanda, Pinggir Pelangi and Desa Semarak.

“The lockdown has been scheduled to end on Feb 22,” he said in a statement.


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