Sabah sees bulk of 95 new Covid-19 cases nationwide


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 19 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: A total of 95 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Malaysia, with the highest number in Sabah.

This brings the cumulative total number of cases to 10,147.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said Sabah accounted for 90 cases, one in Negri Sembilan, while four were imported cases.

One new death was also reported, bringing the death toll to 129 yesterday.

“Out of the 91 local transmissions, 68 were locals while 23 are non-citizens, ” he said.

The number of active cases climbed to 754,11 of which are in the intensive care unit, with two requiring ventilator support.

Among them were the Benteng LD cluster (76), Pulau cluster (four) and Selamat cluster (three) - all in Sabah.

Other Sabah cases were detected among patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (three cases), two who sought treatment after displaying symptoms, one was a victim of a fatal road accident, while one was a close contact of a previously confirmed infection.

In Negri Sembilan, one case was detected from the Bunga cluster.

“Close contact screening and active case detection for all the four clusters are continuing.

“The latest update on the respective clusters will be given from time to time, ” said Dr Noor Hisham said.

There were also 14 recoveries, bringing the total to 9,264 (91.3%).

Dr Noor Hisham revealed that the deceased was a 50-year-old Filipina.

“She experienced heavy coughing and breathing difficulties on Sept 14, and received treatment at a health facility. She was referred to the Semporna Hospital for further treatment, but could not do so.

“The victim was found unconscious and rushed to the Semporna Hospital, where she was declared dead on Sept 14, with screening showing she is positive for Covid-19, ” he said.

Quarantine wristbands are given to those who are under monitoring, including close contacts of positive cases, those returning from abroad, or those living in areas under the enhanced movement control order.

“Aside from the pink wristband, there are white, blue, red and yellow wristbands.

“The use of colour wristbands for individuals who are undergoing quarantine is subject to the stock at the respective locations and decided by the district Health Department.

“The location and date of the screening will be marked on the wristband, ” Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that individuals wearing the wristbands were not allowed to leave their house until the end of the quarantine period, except the head of the household.

“The quarantine wristbands can only be removed by the district Health Department after the end of quarantine.

“If individuals with the wristbands are found in public areas, a police report must be made to protect the public from the risk of infection, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said his ministry was thankful to the public for reporting quarantine violators.

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