Covid-19 cases rise beyond 3,000 due to new cluster

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI 

MALAYSIA recorded a total of 3,545 new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday as a result of the new workplace cluster in Negri Sembilan.

The state reported the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases yesterday with 1,392 cases, followed by Selangor (581) and Kuala Lumpur (381).

“The sharp increase of daily cases in Negri Sembilan was due to the active detection of the Sungai Gadut industrial cluster. A total of 1,338 new cases for this cluster have been reported so far,” Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

“This cluster was announced on Feb 22 as a result of targeted screening in the workplace involving workers of a wood product manufacturing factory located in Sungai Gadut industrial area in Seremban,” he added.

Whereas, a total of 29 cases reported were related to clusters in prisons and immigration detention depots, most of which came from Tembok Sungai Udang and Tembok Pengkalan Chepa clusters.

Other states which recorded an increase in daily cases include Sarawak with 353 cases, Johor (318), Perak (188), Sabah (105), Penang (95), Kelantan (53), Melaka (26) Terangganu (22) and Kedah (17).

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has detected eight new Covid-19 clusters as of noon yesterday, of which seven of them were workplace clusters and one was a community cluster.

The clusters were detected in Johor, Selangor, Perak, Penang and Sabah.

The increase in the new cases has brought the country’s overall total to 291,774. There are now 30,677 active Covid-19 cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 189 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 88 of them requiring respiratory aid.

A total of 3,331 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 260,009, which equals to 89.1%.

Twelve new deaths were reported yesterday, of which the deceased were between the age of 52 and 98. This has brought the country’s overall Covid-19 death toll to 1,088.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Centennial hostel in Kampung Acheh, Sitiawan, Perak, have been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting today.

He added that the EMCO will end on March 10 and the Ministry of Health has detected 125 positive Covid-19 cases after testing a total of 349 people in the hostel.

“The EMCO would allow the ministry to conduct targeted screenings on all of the hostel’s residents and prevent the virus from spreading within the community.

A total of 502 roadblocks were set up on Feb 23 nationwide for monitoring and inspection.

On mandatory quarantine, Ismail Sabri said a total of 625 individuals arrived at all international entrances on Feb 23, and all of them have been sent to quarantine stations nationwide.

He added that a total of 15,997 foreign workers have undergone screening tests, where 37 of them were tested positive.


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Negri Sembilan tops daily new Covid-19 cases