Covid-19: Malaysia breaches 300,000 mark

The nation recorded 2,437 new positive cases yesterday, bringing total cases to 300,752

by S BIRRUNTHA / Pic by BERNAMA

THE country’s overall number of Covid-19 infections has surpassed the 300,000 mark, after the Ministry of Health reported 2,437 new positive cases yesterday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 300,752.

He added that of the new cases yesterday, 2,435 were local transmissions and two were import cases.

“Selangor tops the list again with 914 new cases, followed by Johor (340) and Kuala Lumpur (KL) (337).

“A total of 85 cases reported were related to clusters in prisons, most of which came from the Tembok Tapah cluster,” he said in his Covid19 statement yesterday.

Other states which recorded three-digit cases yesterday include Perak with 287 cases, Sarawak (171), Sabah (134) and Penang (105).

Negri Sembilan recorded 65 cases yesterday, followed by Kelantan (33), Kedah (13), Terengganu (12), Pahang (11), Melaka (10), Putrajaya (three) and Labuan (two), while Perlis had no new case.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry also detected nine new Covid-19 clusters as of noon yesterday, all of which were linked to workplaces.

The clusters were detected in Johor, Selangor, KL and Penang.

There are now 26,205 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 202 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 93 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Meanwhile, 3,251 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 273,417, which equals to 90.9%.

Nine deaths were reported yesterday, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 1,130.

The deceased were between the age of 57 and 102, with eight of them having critical illnesses.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Imperial Garments workers’ dormitory in Flat Anjung Tawas Damai, Perak, has been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting today.

He added that the EMCO would last until March 14 and the screening tests at the dormitory showed that a total of 213 occupants have tested positive to date.

Ismail Sabri also announced that the EMCO in Tapah prison and its staff quarters at Batang Padang, Perak, has been extended until March 15 due to a spike in new cases.

Ismail Sabri said the EMCO at SMK Sultan Idris Shah II in Gerik, Perak, has ended today as scheduled.

As for the MCO violations, Ismail Sabri said the police arrested 509 individuals on Saturday for various offences, including for taking part in nightclub activities and not wearing face masks.

He added that of the total arrested, 472 of them were issued compounds and 37 were remanded.

Under Ops Benteng, the minister said the authorities have detained seven illegal immigrants, as well as seized three land vehicles and one boat.

Ismail Sabri said a total of 502 roadblocks were set up on Saturday nationwide for monitoring and inspection.


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Malaysia surpasses 300,000 total Covid-19 cases