MoH detected 7 new clusters with 5 involving workplaces and 1 each from the community and high-risk group
by S BIRRUNTHA / Pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
MALAYSIA recorded 1,828 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, where Johor, Selangor and Sarawak recorded the highest numbers.
Of the total figure, Johor logged 490 new cases, followed by Selangor (453) and Sarawak (220).
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a total of 113 cases reported yesterday were related to clusters in prisons and immigration detention depots, mostly from the Tembok Tapah cluster.
Other states which contributed to yesterday’s rise in cases were Negri Sembilan with 167 new cases, Perak (144), Sabah (104), Penang (85), Kuala Lumpur (KL) (75), Kelantan (36), Kedah (16) and Terengganu (15).
Pahang and Melaka recorded eight cases each, while Putrajaya recorded six cases and Perlis with one case.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry (MoH) detected seven new clusters yesterday, of which five were linked to workplaces, one each from the community and high-risk group. They were detected in Johor, Selangor, Kelantan and KL.
Yesterday’s new cases brought the country’s overall total to 302,580.
Currently, there are 25,542 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide where 198 have been placed in the intensive care unit with 90 of them requiring respiratory aid.
A total of 2,486 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 275,903, which equals 91.2%.
Five new deaths were reported yesterday, increasing the death toll to 1,135. The deceased were between the ages of 32 and 81, with all of them having had existing critical illnesses.
Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Nabawan district in Sabah will be placed under the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting tomorrow until March 16.
“As of Feb 28, a total of 177 positive cases have been detected involving 15 villages in the district.
“The MoH confirmed a sharp increase in cases involving clusters in this district with a high rate of infection,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Following that, the minister also announced that the localities of Felda Jengka 1, Felda Jengka 2, Felda Jengka 7 dan Felda Ulu Jempol in Maran, Pahang, have been placed under the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) from today until March 15.
He noted that to date, a total of 46 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in these localities.
Meanwhile, the EMCO imposed in Sungai Udang prison and its staff quarters in Melaka, Kampung Sungai Maong in Kuching, Sarawak, and Taman Univista in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, ended today as scheduled.
On MCO violations, Ismail Sabri said the police arrested 611 individuals on Feb 28 for various offences, including not maintaining social distancing, premises failing to record customers’ details and unpermitted interstate travels.
He added that of the total arrests, 584 of them were issued compounds and 27 were remanded.