DG: Slight dip in infections with 823 new cases


PUTRAJAYA: After breaching the 1,000-new cases mark recently, Malaysia saw a slight dip with 823 new Covid-19 infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sabah has also seen a small reduction for now, though it continued to record the highest number of cases at 533.

“There has been a reduction of 356 cases (40% of total cases) recorded in Sabah compared with Saturday.

“However, this number is still high compared with other states. Aggressive contact tracing will continue in Sabah, which now has 17 red zones, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

He also said the country also reported eight new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 229.

Malaysia also discharged 579 patients, which means the total number of recoveries is 17,134 or 64.5%.

The total number of active cases in the country has now gone up to 9,202 cases.

Cumulatively, the total number of cases since the outbreak began in January now stands at 26,565.

Currently, 99 people are being treated in intensive care units, with 30 of them requiring ventilator support.

Aside from the 533 cases in Sabah, Penang reported 97 cases, Selangor (88), Labuan (26), Negri Sembilan (22), Sarawak (16), Johor (15) and Kuala Lumpur (10). Terengganu recorded seven cases, Perak (six), and one case each in Kedah, Kelantan and Putrajaya.

He also noted that out of a total of 99 new cases in the Klang Valley, about 44 cases are from existing clusters.

One new case was a traveller who returned from Sabah.

This brings the cumulative number of Covid-19 patients with a travel history to Sabah, since Sept 20, to 469 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham also said nine new Covid-19 clusters were reported, four of them being from Sabah.

The Titir cluster has 12 new cases involving the Keningau district in Sabah, and was identified when the patient underwent screening on Oct 18. So far, 23 individuals tested positive.

The Omadal cluster has nine new cases involving the Semporna district in Sabah, and was identified when the index case tested positive on Oct 18. So far, 21 individuals tested positive.

The Bandaran cluster has five new cases involving the Kota Kinabalu district in Sabah, and was identified when the index case tested positive on Oct 15. So far, 12 individuals tested positive.

The Jambul cluster has one new case involving the Sandakan district in Sabah, and was identified when the index case tested positive on Oct 9. So far, eight individuals tested positive.

The Bayan cluster has two new cases involving Seberang Perai in Penang, and was identified when the index case tested positive on Oct 21. So far, six individuals tested positive.

The Mentari cluster involves Petaling, Klang and Gombak in Selangor; Seremban in Negri Sembilan; and Kepong in Kuala Lumpur.

It has five new cases and was identified when the index case tested positive on Oct 22. So far, 17 individuals tested positive.

The Jernih cluster has 11 new cases involving Seremban in Negri Sembilan, and was identified when the index case tested positive on Oct 22 before returning to the country of origin. So far, 15 individuals tested positive.

The Seladah cluster has four new cases involving Kuching and Serian in Sarawak, and was identified when the index case tested positive on Oct 22. So far, seven individuals tested positive.

The Makekar cluster involves Johor Baru and Kulai in Johor; Kuala Terengganu, Marang, Kemaman and Dungun in Terengganu; and Klang in Selangor.

It has eight new cases and was identified when the index case tested positive in a workplace screening on Oct 18. So far, 10 individuals tested positive.

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