Selangor sees spike in cases

PUTRAJAYA: Selangor has seen an increase in positive cases in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the state recorded 132 new infections yesterday, making the total number of positive cases in Selangor 3,489.

“For this third wave, Selangor has seen a spike in cases since September following the return of visitors from Sabah.

“The first cluster reported in Selangor in the third wave is the Jalan Apas cluster on Sept 28, which involved a family who returned from Sabah.

“The uptrend in local transmission cases in Selangor began since Oct 2 and it has been consistent until now,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

On Monday, Selangor recorded 107 positive cases and 77 the day before.

So far, Selangor has 26 active clusters with 18 of them (69.2%) involving local transmissions, while eight (30.8%) were Sabah returnees.

“Nine clusters (34.6%) are closely related to workplace transmission, while one cluster (3.8%) involves public shopping places,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also noted that the situation in Selangor was contributed by the high density of residents and the high travelling frequency involving residents and visitors in the state.

Yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded 862 new infections. This is the fourth day in a row that cases have gone above 800.

Of the total number of cases, two were imported cases from Egypt and Indonesia, which were reported in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak respectively.

The rest were all local transmissions, including four returnees from Sabah.

Three new deaths were reported in Sabah – a 78-year-old man and two women aged 59 and 90. They are all Malaysians.

The country’s Covid-19 death toll is now 193 people.

A total of 634 patients have been discharged while active cases have gone up to 7,681.

Currently, 95 people are being treated at intensive care units with 29 of them requiring ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham noted that a new cluster had been identified in Kota Belud, Sabah.

“The index case of the Kertang cluster is a close contact who tested positive on Oct 14 and has been admitted to the quarantine and treatment centre at PPR Taman Seri Bayu in Kota Belud.

“From the close contact screenings, another 19 positive cases have been identified.

“As of noon (yesterday), a total of 216 people have been screened with 21 testing positive,” Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that there were currently 86 active clusters in the country.

The Kepayan Prison cluster in Sabah recorded 213 new cases yesterday with a total of 415 cases so far.

The Tembok cluster recorded four new cases and is now the biggest cluster with 1,576 cumulative cases.

Two clusters – the Setapak cluster in Kuala Lumpur and the Selamat cluster in Sabah – have been declared closed after not recording new infections for 28 days straight.

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