Covid-19 spike: 62 new cases, no new deaths (updated)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has confirmed 62 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (Sept 7), with 50 cases linked to the Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster in Sabah.

The last time Malaysia had more than 50 cases in a single day was on June 4 when it had 277 cases.

In a statement on Monday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 62 cases, 56 were local transmissions while six were import cases.

The Benteng LD cluster was first announced by the ministry on Sept 1 where seven cases were found positive for Covid-19 following a screening for inmates conducted at the Lahad Datu police headquarters.

The Health Ministry later traced more cases at the Tawau prison - some 150km away - after several inmates with travel history to the Lahad Datu police headquarters tested positive.

All of the 50 new cases on Monday involved detainees and in total the cluster has 66 confirmed cases so far, of which 30 are Malaysians while 36 are foreigners.

Two of the patients are a prison officer and his one-year-old nephew, while the six imported cases are arrivals from Turkey (two cases), Bangladesh (one), Indonesia (one) and Egypt (one).

Dr Noor Hisham also announced the new Sungai cluster in Kedah, which has two confirmed cases involving two healthcare workers in the state.

Cumulatively, the country’s total number of cases since the outbreak began in January is 9,459.

Malaysia also discharged nine patients, which means the total number of recoveries is 9,124, or at a rate of 96.5%.

The total number of active cases in the country has now gone up to 207 cases.

Six people have been admitted into intensive care units, with four of them requiring ventilator support.

No fatalities were reported, which means the Covid-19 death toll in the country remains at 128 or at a rate of 1.35%.

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