Cases breach 1,000 mark


Cases update: Reporters looking at a screen displaying the latest Covid-19 figures during Dr Noor Hisham’s briefing in Putrajaya. — Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded its highest number of daily Covid-19 infections with 1,228 new cases.

Sabah also continued to record the highest number of cases with 889 cases identified.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country reported seven new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 221.

Total recoveries stands at 16,555 or at a rate of 64.3% after 671 patients were discharged. The total number of active cases has now gone up to 8,966, he said.

“Cumulatively, the country’s total cases since the outbreak began in January is 25,742.

“Currently, 92 people are being treated at intensive care units, with 31 of them requiring ventilator support, ” he told reporters at Putrajaya on Saturday.

Aside from the 889 cases in Sabah, Negri Sembilan reported 96 cases followed by Selangor (76), Kedah (76), Penang (23), Labuan (21), Perak (10), Kuala Lumpur (eight), Johor (seven), Sarawak (eight) and Melaka (three).

Dr Noor Hisham said six new clusters were identified in Sabah, Negri Sembilan, Johor, Selangor and Sarawak.

He said the index (case13,755) case for the Mesra cluster in Sabah, was a symptomatic individual who was screened on Oct 7 and was admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan.

“Close contact screenings identified another 21 positive cases.

“As at noon on Oct 24,116 individuals were screened with 22 testing positive, two testing negative and 92 individuals still awaiting their results, ” he said.

He added that the index case for the Megah cluster in Sandakan, was an individual (case 13,706) who was screened on Oct 5 and admitted to the same hospital.

“Close contact screenings led to 14 more positive cases identified.

“As at noon on Oct 24,64 individuals were tested with 15 positive, 12 negative and 37 still awaiting results, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Kaya cluster was identified in Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya.

“The cases for this cluster were identified from screenings at workplaces on Oct 24 and were admitted to the Sungai Buloh and Tuanku Jaafar Hospitals, ” he said, adding that 63 individuals were screened with 55 testing positive, six testing negative and two awaiting results.

In Gombak, Selangor, the Bah Kayu cluster was identified with its cluster index (case 17,371) testing positive after the individual returned from Sabah on Oct 13.

“Close contact screenings led to 16 positive cases identified.

“We have screened 628 individuals with 17 positive, 591 negative and 20 awaiting results, ” he said.

In Sarawak, Dr Noor Hisham said the Baki cluster was identified involving the case index (case 20,431) who tested positive after showing symptoms on Oct 17.

“Close contact screenings led to four more testing positive. We have screened 68 individuals with five positive, 34 negative and 29 awaiting results, ” he said.

Meanwhile, in Johor the Kempas cluster was identified involving Johor Baru and Kulai districts there.

“The case index (case24,447) tested positive after showing symptoms on Oct 22.

“Close contact screenings led to seven more testing positive.

“206 individuals were screened with eight positive, 28 negative and 170 awaiting results, ” he said.

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