by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
A TOTAL number of recovered patients continued to exceed new daily Covid-19 cases with 2,104 recoveries and 1,647 detected infections yesterday.
This brought the total number of recoveries to 300,620 nationwide.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total confirmed cases stood at 319,364.
“Of the new cases, 1,642 were local transmissions and five were import cases. Selangor still recorded the highest number of new cases at 712, followed by Johor with 170 cases and Penang with 169 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.
There are currently 17,544 active cases that are being treated in health facilities nationwide. Of the active cases, 147 patients were placed in the intensive care unit, with 61 patients requiring respiratory aid.
The death toll rose to 1,200 following nine new deaths that were reported yesterday.
“The fatalities involved four cases in Selangor, two cases in Johor and one case each in Perak, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur. All death cases involved citizens,” said the Health DG.
The Health Ministry (MoH) detected five new clusters: Three were workplace-related, one involving the community and one from a detention centre.
Separately, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Kampung Sinsingon and Kampung Lotong in Nabawan, Sabah, will be extended from March 13 until March 26, 2021.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this is because MoH has confirmed that there are 322 remaining screening samples awaiting results and there are still new positive cases being reported among the residents in the locality.
To date, MoH has conducted 674 screening tests and out of that total, 81 positive Covid-19 cases have been recorded.
Meanwhile, the EMCO in Sentosa Timur Settlement Phase 2, Sibu, Sarawak, has ended yesterday as scheduled.
A total of 242 individuals were arrested for violating the standard operating procedures of the MCO and of that number, 240 were compounded while two others were remanded.
On Ops Benteng, 26 illegal immigrants were arrested, while one boat and four vehicles were seized. During the operation, the authorities also detected 86 boats in national waters.
The minister also said around 619 individuals arrived at all international entrances on Wednesday and all were sent to quarantine stations across the country.
“A total of 4,807 foreigners underwent a Covid-19 screening test and out of that number, 114 people tested positive,” he added.