Covid-19: 1,302 new cases, 4 deaths


MALAYSIA reported 1,302 new Covid-19 cases and four fatalities yesterday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said over the past 24 hours, the country recorded 1,127 recovered cases, taking the total number of recoveries to 326,309, adding that there were 14,380 active cases.

“Of the new cases, 1,293 were local transmissions, while nine were import cases. A total of 169 patients were being treated in the intensive care unit with 76 requiring respiratory aid,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Sarawak reported the highest number of new cases with 426, followed by Selangor (256), Penang (212), Johor (176), Kuala Lumpur (58), Sabah (38), Kelantan (34), Pahang (32), Kedah and Perak with 23 cases each, Negri Sembilan (nine), Labuan (six), Melaka (five), Terengganu and Putrajaya with two cases each, while there were no cases reported in Perlis.

Dr Noor Hisham said the four fatalities involved Malaysians aged 63 to 77, all of whom with chronic illnesses.

Three new clusters were also detected yesterday, involving a workplace (Ladang Sungai Pelek, Selangor), a detention centre (Pagar Bukit Chagar, Johor) and one in the community (Patek, Kelantan).

“This brings the total number of clusters in Malaysia to 1,347, with 381 still active, while 14 clusters ended today,” he said yesterday.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to enforce the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on two illegal immigrant detention centres, at Home Ministry’s Setia Tropika complex and the Sultan Iskandar Building Immigration Department in Johor Baru, beginning today till April 10.

Senior Minister (Security cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the enforcement of the EMCO at the two detention centres is to facilitate the Health Ministry’s implementation of mass screenings on all detainees, employees and close contacts to ensure there were no infections within the community following a rise in Covid-19 positive cases. — Bernama