PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has confirmed 100 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Sept 8), with 62 cases coming from the Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster in Sabah.
This is by far the biggest single day increase throughout the recovery movement control order (MCO) period, overtaking Monday’s (Sept 7) 62 cases in a day.
Out of the 62 new cases under the Benteng LD cluster, 32 are foreigners while 30 are Malaysians.
In total, the cluster has 128 confirmed cases so far.
The Sungai cluster in Kedah also saw a spike with 23 new cases in Kedah (22 cases) and Perlis (one).
At a press conference Tuesday (Sept 8), Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 100 cases, 85 were local transmissions while 15 were import cases.
The import cases are arrivals from India (11 cases), Indonesia (two), Pakistan (one) and the Philippines (one).
Cumulatively, Malaysia has detected 9,559 cases since the outbreak began in January, and 12 patients were discharged on Tuesday.
This means that the total number of recoveries is 9,136 or a rate of 95.6%, while the total number of active cases in the country has now gone up to 295 cases.
Seven 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 1.34%.