Workplace clusters remain high as Covid-19 cases taper

19 new clusters were detected yesterday, of which 14 were related to workplaces, 4 from the community and a cluster related to the high-risk group

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA recorded 2,720 Covid-19 cases yesterday with Selangor remaining the state with the most positive cases at 1,300.

There are currently 44,129 active Covid-19 cases nationwide, 253 of which are in intensive care units, while 118 require respiratory aid.

The country also recorded 5,718 recoveries, raising the number of total recovered patients to 224,053 or 83.2%.

Eight fatalities were recorded yesterday, bringing the number of deaths in Malaysia to 983 or 0.37% of the total.

Selangor alone contributed 1,300 or 47.8% new positive cases yesterday, which are heavily due to the number of prevalent Covid-19 clusters. Of the total cases, 1,067 cases or 82.1% were from clusters and close contact screenings.

“Other states with the most new cases are Johor with 451 cases or 16.6% and Kuala Lumpur with 318 cases or 11.7%,” Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his briefing yesterday.

“A total of 57 cases or 2.1% were related to clusters in prisons, lockups and immigration detention depots involving the Tembok Bendera Cluster, Tembok Bukit Besi Cluster, Penjara Japan Harapan Cluster, Penjara Seberang Perai CLuster and Tembok Taiping Cluster.”

He added that 645 cases in Selangor derived from clusters from Rawang Bestari, Jalan Lazuardi, Jalan Industri Dua Belas and Jalan Industri Tiga clusters, while 422 cases were from close contact screening and 233 cases from general screening.

Positive cases found in clusters contributed to 365 cases in Johor, including 316 cases from new clusters — Pengerang, Wawasan Kulai, Industri Cyber and Jalan Pelepas Empat clusters.

Dr Noor Hisham said 19 new clusters were detected yesterday, of which 14 were related to workplaces, four from the community and a cluster related to the high-risk group.

He said cancer patients will be given priority in the vaccination programme which is targeting the vulnerable group.

Dr Noor Hisham added that cancer patients will receive the vaccine injection during the programme’s second phase along with the 9.4 million elderly individuals above 60 years old.

“The current plan for our vaccination programme will include the first phase, which is prioritising half a million frontliners.

“The second phase, which is targeting 9.4 million elderly people, is next and will include cancer patients and the third phase, which will begin in May 2022, will continue with individuals of 18 years and above,” he said.


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