by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
MALAYSIA reported over 2,000 new Covid-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day yesterday with 2,195 cases including 10 imported, following Saturday’s 2,331 cases.
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this has brought the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases up to 375,054.
“Today, Sarawak recorded the highest number of cases at 508, followed by Selangor (431) and Johor (387),” he said in his daily update for Covid-19 yesterday.
The new numbers brought the active cases to 19,854.
Meanwhile, 219 of the active cases required treatment in the intensive care unit and 90 needed to be intubated.
Eight new deaths recorded involved two cases each from Selangor and Kelantan, and one each from Sarawak, Sabah, Penang and Kuala Lumpur, all of which were locals. For Covid-19 recoveries, 1,427 patients were discharged yesterday.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said five new clusters have been identified, while 14 have expired, bringing the total of active clusters to 338.
“The five new clusters identified involved three workplace clusters, and one cluster each within the community and school.
“Sixty-four clusters have contributed to the increase of Covid-19 cases,” he said.
Two of the workplace clusters are located in Selangor, namely the Selat Klang and Bina Cahaya Alam construction sites, while the third one is at Jalan Perindustrian Satu in Johor. The community and school-related clusters are located in Sarawak, namely Tarat Tani and Jalan Bintulu Sibu.
On standard operating procedure (SOP) violations, a total of 158 individuals were detained last Saturday. Of the total, 131 were compounded, while 27 remanded.
There were 820 international arrivals who were placed under quarantine yesterday, and the total to-date since July 24, 2020 is 177,574 individuals.
Out of the total, 7,551 are currently undergoing quarantine, 1,459 were sent to hospitals, while 168,564 were allowed to return home.
On Covid-19 screening, 1,348 foreign workers were screened where one was confirmed positive yesterday, bringing the total number of screened individuals to 684,999 under 35,350 employers.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the SOP for haj pilgrimage will be brought up to the National Security Council (MKN) and the Ministry of Health (MoH), according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.
He said the Saudi Arabian authorities have not made a decision regarding the haj season.
“However, the most important condition is the vaccination.
“Some Islamic countries do not have a transparent and orderly Covid-19 surveillance and control system, and this causes Saudi Arabia to be very careful in making any decisions on the implementation of the pilgrimage.
“God willing that based on our meeting in Saudi Arabia, all SOP discussions will be raised to the MKN and MoH officially for refinement and approval,” he said.