by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD
A TOTAL of 1,973 Covid-19 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of recovered patients to 308,247 to date.
The recovered cases also continued to outnumber new positive cases which stood at 1,208 yesterday.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of the total new cases, Selangor recorded the highest number with 379 cases, which is 31.4% of the total.
“This was followed by Sarawak with 251 cases and Penang with 142 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The increase brought the total number of active cases to 15,511.
However, three new fatalities were recorded, involving one case each from Selangor, Johor and Sarawak.
Meanwhile, he added that 13 new clusters were identified, with 12 of them being workplace clusters and one religious cluster.
Out of the 12 workplace clusters, three were localised to Selangor, three to Johor, one each in Sarawak, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Pahang and Terengganu.
Dr Noor Hisham said currently, the number of active clusters stands at 431, while six of them have expired as of today, making the total number of already expired clusters at 819.
Out of the total, only 56 of the active clusters were recording increases in cases, with the highest ones coming from Tanjung Suria (29), Ladang Bukit (29) and Jalan Mega Lima (22) clusters.
On the security front, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will have to be implemented in Pulau Tioman, Pahang, as 16 positive cases were recorded within the locality as of March 14, 2021.
“After having assessed the risks alongside MCO technical officers and on Health Ministry’s (MoH) advice, the government has agreed to implement the EMCO at Pulau Tioman, Rompin, Pahang starting from March 16 until March 29, 2021,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The MCO for Nabawan, Sabah, which was initially scheduled for completion on March 16, has been extended for 14 more days starting from March 17.
It was discovered that after 3,079 screening tests performed by MoH, 279 positive cases were recorded and 872 more samples from the screening were awaiting results.
On the standard operating procedures (SOPs) compliance, Ismail Sabri said the authorities performed 70,320 inspections on Sunday.
“Yesterday, 458 individuals were detained for breaching the SOPs and out of the total, 428 were compounded, seven remanded and 13 of them were guaranteed,” he said.
On the border control, the authorities detained eight foreigners travelling without legal documents and confiscated four vehicles.
“During the operation, the authorities identified 116 boats and ships on the national waters via 10 sighting activities,” he said.
A total of 808 individuals returned from international borders on Sunday, adding up the cumulative total of people to 144,881 of those who have returned to Malaysia.
The Construction Industry Development Board’s officials performed two inspections on Sunday and found that they both complied with the SOPs, adding to the total of 16,145 monitoring activities on 9,143 construction sites since April 20, 2020.
A total of 2,506 foreign workers underwent screening tests on Sunday, and out of the total, two were found positive.
In total, 618,486 foreign workers have been screened thus far, and a total of 9,701 were found positive, while 608,785 were found negative.
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