Cases back up to four digits DG: 1,041 new cases detected


PETALING JAYA: New Covid-19 cases climbed back to four digits – 1,041 – as Selangor recorded more cases than Sabah, the hotspot state for the coronavirus.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in the latest update, the three states that recorded the highest cases were Selangor (402), Sabah (346) and Negri Sembilan (121).

The day before, the total cases in the country had numbered 958 while it was 1,290 on Thursday and 660 on Wednesday.

“The high positive cases in Selangor were due to the increase in cases from the Teratai cluster, at 298, ” Dr Noor Hisham said yesterday.

The cluster is linked to workers of rubber glove maker Top Glove Corp Bhd, which has a factory located in Jalan Teratai in Klang.

Of the 1,041 new cases, he said, two were imported and the rest were locally transmitted, adding that the total infections in the country came up to 53,679, with 12,854 active cases.

In Sabah, he said, the high number of cases was due to the Covid-19 screenings that were actively being conducted while in Negri Sembilan, it was from the current clusters.

Dr Noor Hisham also said the country has 168 active clusters including three new ones.

“They are located in Selangor, Johor and Labuan, ” he said.

He said the new cluster known as Jalan Harapan was detected in the Sungai Buloh Prison in Selangor.

“The cases from this cluster were detected as a result of the screening of inmates when they entered the prison on Nov 17.

“As of Nov 21,113 individuals in this cluster were screened, with 17 of them testing positive, ” he said.

The 17 were among 21 cases from three prison clusters; besides Jalan Harapan, there were Tembok (Kedah) and Seberang Prai (Penang).

Dr Noor Hisham also said a new cluster known as Kota Kecil was detected in Kota Tinggi, Johor.

“The index case was found through the screening of a symptomatic individual on Nov 15.”

He said 467 individuals have been screened, nine of whom tested positive for the virus.

In the new Sky Coklat cluster in Labuan, Dr Noor Hisham said the index case was traced to the screening of a symptomatic individual on Nov 19.

“Fifty-one individuals have been screened, with seven testing positive.”

Of the 168 active clusters, he said 36 reported an increase in cases.

The highest increase came from the Teratai cluster (298), followed by the Hentian cluster (79), and the Damanlela cluster (43).

Dr Noor Hisham noted that two clusters, Bah Kayu and Lekir, ended yesterday, bringing the total clusters that have ended to 159.

To date, 327 clusters have been recorded in the country.

There were also 108 Covid-19 cases being treated in intensive care units, with 45 cases requiring ventilator support.

He also said three deaths were recorded, bringing the total death toll to 332.

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