2,192 new cases, Selangor back on top

EMCO at Kampung Emperoh Jambu locality in Sarawak starting from today until March 8

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIA recorded 2,192 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 285,761 with 32,076 active cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said from this number, 81.5% were reported from clusters and close contact screening.

Selangor came back with the highest number with 910 or 41.5% of the daily total cases. In second place was Kuala Lumpur (KL) with 303 cases, followed by Sarawak (221) and Johor (211).

“Out of the total, 109 cases or 5% were reported to have come from clusters localised to prisons and immigration detainment depots, involving various clusters, including Tembok Tapah and Tembok Bendera, as well as Penjara Jalan Harapan,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

Six more deaths were reported yesterday, involving two cases in Selangor, one each in Pahang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak. Five of the fatalities involved locals, while one was a foreigner.

The Health Ministry had also identified eight new clusters, while 14 were announced to have ended, putting the number of active clusters now at 504.

“The clusters reporting the highest number of cases were Sungai Putus with 186 cases, Tapak Bina Jalan Pantai (62) and Jalan Cochrane (54),” he said.

The eight new clusters that were identified yesterday consisted of seven workplaces in Selangor, KL, Negri Sembilan, Pulau Pinang and Sarawak, while a community cluster was detected in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) has been implemented on the community cluster in Sarawak starting from today until March 8 as 60 positive cases were reported within the Kampung Emperoh Jambu locality.

The order is to enable health authorities to screen 1,215 of the village residents and to control their movement.

On MCO violations, the enforcement task force has detained 509 individuals for breaching the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said out of the total, 466 were compounded, 39 remanded and four of them were put on bail.

“This was a result of 64,442 inspections performed by the task force which was led by the Royal Police Department on Sunday,” he said in his statement.

Among the offences committed for breaching the SOPs included mostly of interstate travel without permission by 120 individuals, failure to record customers’ information (111), lack of physical distancing (95), gambling activities (54), failure to wear face masks (49), activities at entertainment hubs (37), leaving homes without a valid reason (11), premises operating for longer hours without permission (eight) and others (24).

Within the day, 10,288 foreign workers had also undergone the Covid-19 screening test, and out of the total, nine were found positive.

Cumulatively, 437,211 foreign workers had undergone the screening, and a total of 7,852 were found positive.