Malaysia detects 20 workplace clusters, 5,841 new cases

by ANIS HAZIM / pic by TMR FILE

TWENTY out 30 new Covid clusters detected in the country yesterday were from the workplace, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) data.

There are now 867 active clusters nationwide.

Additionally, out of 84 new deaths reported, the youngest casualty involved an eight-year-old asthmatic patient. He died at the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainon in Ipoh, Perak.

The total fatalities in Malaysia now stood at 4,721 (at press time).

Up to 5,841 Covid-19 new cases were identified yesterday, an increase of 597 compared to 5,244 cases the previous day.

Selangor continued to top the daily cases with 2,072, followed by Negri Sembilan (781) and Kuala Lumpur (585).

Sarawak recorded 581 cases yesterday, followed by Johor (346), Kedah (271), Melaka (247), Labuan (212), Sabah (203), Pahang (162) Kelantan (135), Perak (120), Penang (108), Putrajaya (17) and Perlis (5).

This brought the current active cases in the country to 61,162 and the total confirmed cases to 716,487.

Among the active cases yesterday, 869 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 438 of them requiring ventilators.

A total of 5,411 patients have been discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 650,964.

MoH also said six new variants of concern cases were reported up until June 22.

So far, there are five cases of South African variant (B.1.351) and one case of Indian variant (B.1.617.2).

“To reduce the risk of importing new variant cases, the government has tightened the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and extended the quarantine order on travellers arriving in Malaysia,” it said.

The mandatory quarantine period for Malaysian and non-citizen travellers from countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan has been extended to 21 days at the quarantine centre.

MoH also advised the public, including those who have been vaccinated, to continue to comply with the health advice and SOPs.