The bulk of the cases are from the Benteng LD (Lahad Datu) cluster in Sabah with 167 new infections, all within the Tawau prison.
All but six of those infected are detainees – 70 of them Malaysians, while 61 are from the Philippines and 30 from Indonesia.
The total number of cases under the cluster has now doubled to 337 – currently the biggest and most active cluster nationwide.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said minus the 14 patients discharged yesterday, the total number of active cases in the country had shot up to 501 cases.
“All the patients have been isolated and given treatment,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The Tawau prison area is currently under an enhanced movement control order (MCO) with mass screenings being conducted on detainees as well as prison staff.
The cluster was first detected after two undocumented migrants were caught under the government’s Ops Benteng and brought to the Lahad Datu police headquarters lock-up.Cases under the cluster then spread 150km away to the Tawau prison after some Covid-19 positive detainees were transferred there.
Apart from the Benteng LD cluster, other cases recorded yesterday were from the Sungai (11 cases) and Telaga (three cases) clusters in Kedah. The Sungai cluster currently has 50 cases while the Telaga cluster has 16 cases.
Both clusters originated from healthcare workers in two public and private hospitals in the state.
The only imported case is a foreigner who arrived from the Philippines.
The death toll remains at 128.
Malaysia has had a total of 9,810 Covid-19 cases since the outbreak began in January, with 9,181 (93.6%) recoveries so far.
Meanwhile, authorities say failure to observe social distancing was among the violations under the recovery MCO, with 312 people nabbed on Thursday.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 143 people were arrested for committing the offence, with other infringements including pub and nightclub activities (70), prostitution (31) and not wearing a face mask (23).
Police also arrested seven illegal immigrants, along with 31 others for prostitution and one for operating beyond permitted hours.
Action was also taken against 37 premises owners for not providing customers with equipment to record their presence.
Under Ops Benteng, authorities had nabbed 84 illegal immigrants, a smuggler and a tekong (skipper).
“We will also take stern action against anyone facilitating those trying to sneak into the country,” said Ismail Sabri in a statement yesterday.On mandatory quarantine at designated stations imposed since July 24, he said a total of 26,999 individuals had returned to Malaysia so far, with 10,266 currently undergoing quarantine at hotels and public training institutes.
He added that on Thursday, the Housing and Local Government Ministry conducted six sanitisation operations in Kedah, four in Penang, three in Melaka and Sabah respectively, two in Sarawak and one each in Negri Sembilan and Pahang.
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