PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases continued to spike with the Health Ministry announcing 182 new infections in the country on Friday (Sept 11).
This is only the second time the daily case increase was in three figures - the last time was on Tuesday (Sept 8) when the country recorded 100 new cases.
Prior to that, the last time the number of cases was in triple digits was on June 4 before the recovery movement control order (MCO), with 277 reported cases.
In a statement on Friday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said of the 182 cases, only one is an imported case while the rest are local transmissions.
The bulk of the cases were from the Benteng LD (Lahad Datu) cluster in Sabah, with 167 new infections recorded in a span of 24 hours.
The total number of cases under the cluster has doubled to 337 - currently the biggest and most active cluster nationwide.
Majority of the patients are detainees from the Tawau prison and the Lahad Datu police headquarters lock-up.
The Sungai cluster in Kedah - which originated from a healthcare worker attached to a medical centre - recorded 11 new cases on Friday.
The cluster now has a total of 50 cases.
The Tawau prison and the Kota Setar district in Kedah - where the two clusters are reported - have been put under enhanced movement control order (MCO) since 12.01am on Friday.
Malaysia also discharged 14 patients, which means the total number of recoveries is 9,181 or at a rate of 93.59%, on Friday.
The total number of active cases in the country has now shot up to 501 cases.
Cumulatively, the country’s total of cases since the outbreak began in January is 9,810.
Currently, nine people are being treated at intensive care units, with five 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 1.30%.
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