Most new cases recorded in Sabah again

PETALING JAYA: Sabah recorded the highest local transmission of Covid-19 with 23 cases, from a total of 31 cases yesterday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said 17 cases were linked to the Benteng LD cluster while eight of them were foreigners.

“The cluster originated from the Lahad Datu district police lockup and spread to the Tawau prison in Sabah. From this cluster, 16 of the new cases happened in Tawau while another took place in Lahad Datu.

“Four new cases were recorded in Negri Sembilan’s Bunga cluster involving crew members of a ship. One is a foreigner.

“The Sungai cluster in Kedah also recorded a new case, ” he said yesterday.

The Sungai cluster originated from a healthcare worker of a private medical centre in Kedah.

Of all the local transmission cases, 19 of them are Malaysians. Dr Noor Hisham said there were three imported cases, bringing the total cases in Malaysia to 9,946.

“The imported cases involved two Malaysians who returned from Indonesia and an Indonesian who entered Malaysia on Aug 31.

“The patient was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital on the same day for showing symptoms. The second sample test came back positive on Sept 3, ” he said.

At present, there are 615 active cases in the country.

There were seven recoveries yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 9,203 or at a rate of 92.5%. Eleven patients are still being treated in the intensive care unit and five of them require ventilator support.

There are no new fatalities, with the death toll remaining at 128.

Dr Noor Hisham advised residents in the district of Kota Setar in Kedah that was placed under an enhanced movement control order (MCO) until Sept 23 to stay home.

“The screening process is going well and there has been good cooperation from the local folk.

“The cooperation of all residents is needed. Stay at home and only leave the house for necessary matters, ” he said.

Meanwhile, in Putrajaya, violators of the enhanced MCO and gamblers betting on cockfights were among 763 people who were arrested for breaching the MCO.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that 12 people were nabbed for not adhering to the enhanced MCO while 10 were caught at a cockfighting event on Sunday.

“Police also arrested 608 individuals for pub and nightclub activities which remain prohibited under the recovery MCO, ” he said yesterday.

Among other offences were failure to observe physical distancing (63), not putting on face masks (22) and attending private parties (27).

On Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said that police arrested 71 illegal immigrants, three tekong and a human trafficker on Sunday.

Ten of the undocumented illegals were arrested in Bandar Penawar in Johor for failure to produce valid documents.

The minister also said that the task force monitoring standard operating procedure compliance checked 57,795 premises nationwide.

This included checks on supermarkets, factories, government buildings, banks and transport terminals.

On mandatory quarantine, Ismail Sabri said that there were currently 10,359 individuals being quarantined at designated stations.

He said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, which monitors supply and price of 12 essential goods, reported that there was sufficient supply and that the goods were easily available to consumers.

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