Covid-19: 1,745 new cases, 11 new clusters

From the total, 2 of the new cases were imported, involving foreigners, while the rest were local cases


MALAYSIA yesterday recorded 1,745 new Covid-19 cases, adding to a total of 305,880 cumulative cases.

From the total, two of the new cases were imported, involving foreigners, while the rest were local cases (1,743) with 1,037 being Malaysian citizens.

Selangor reported the highest new daily cases at 640. From these, 503 cases were from clusters and close contact screenings.

This was followed by Johor with 376 cases and Sarawak with 139 cases.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said 47 cases were related to prison clusters namely the Telok Mas Cluster (20 cases), Pengkalan Chepa Wall Cluster (13), Damai Pelangi Cluster (13) and Jalan Sungai Jelok Prison Cluster (1).

Furthermore, 11 new clusters were detected where nine were workplace-related, while one each involved high-risk groups and communities.

These clusters are the Jalan Perubatan Cluster, Tapak Bina Jalan MP Cluster, Balakong Satu Cluster, Jalan Utarid Cluster, Jalan DPB Lima Cluster, Jalan Bachok Cluster, Jalan PKNK 1/6 Cluster, Sri Jelutung Cluster, Jalan Sikamat Lama Cluster, Kampung Gedang Cluster and Jalan Anak Gasing Cluster.

Currently, the number of active clusters in the country stands at 487.

There are 24,025 active cases in Malaysia with 195 in intensive care unit, while 95 cases required ventilators.

Seven deaths were reported, adding to the total death toll of 1,148.

On the other hand, 2,276 cases have recovered, adding the total of recoveries to 280,707.

Separately, 305 individuals were arrested for violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Tuesday.

From the number, 296 were issued with compounds, eight remanded and one on bail. Among the offences were failure to register customers’ contact details, not wearing face masks, crossing districts and states without a valid reason, not practicing social distancing, operating entertainment centres and premises operating beyond permitted hours.

According to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the task force monitoring SOP compliance conducted 71,392 inspections.

“A total of 3,412 teams which, involved 5,310 members, monitored 6,206 restaurants, supermarkets (4,209), banks (3,901), hawkers (2,386), markets (2,568), factories (1,589) and government offices (1,078),” he said.

A total of 816 international travellers have been sent to quarantine stations nationwide.