Covid-19: 1,472 new cases, three fatalities bring death toll to 363 (updated)


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 1,472 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday (Dec 1), bringing total cases to 67,169, says the Health Ministry.

More than half of the new cases or 778 of them (52.2%) are from the Teratai cluster linked to Top Glove.

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Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of recoveries however is higher than new cases, with 1,552 patients being discharged in the past 24 hours.

In total, 56,311 patients or 83.8% have recovered from Covid-19 in the country and active cases have gone down to 10,495.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that in the past week, the states have shown a more stable number in reported cases.

“A big number of the cases reported are from construction sites and factories. These high numbers are a result of active case detection and screening of close contacts,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Teratai cluster is also responsible for 87.3% of the 891 cases reported in Selangor.

Since Nov 7, a total of 6,603 individuals have been screened in the cluster, with 5,056 testing positive – 331 (6.5%) are Malaysians while 4,725 (93.5%) are non-citizens.

A total of 1,501 people have tested negative while another 46 are still awaiting their test results, said Dr Noor Hisham.

He added the ministry welcomed the move to extend the enhanced MCO at workers' dormitories from Tuesday until Dec 14.

“The employer has been ordered to stop all their operations and close their factories in stages as well as test all their workers,” he said, adding that health workers had been moved to the area to help curb the spread of the disease.

Besides the 891 cases in Selangor, 267 cases were reported in Sabah, 146 in Negri Sembilan, Johor (68), Penang (29), Kuala Lumpur (26), Kedah (21), Perak (13), Kelantan (10), and one in Sarawak.

Dr Noor Hisham also said there were three new fatalities in Sabah, taking the country’s death toll to 363.

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Two of the deceased were citizens with a background of chronic disease while the other was a 24-year old non-Malaysian.

Currently, 120 people are being treated at intensive care units, with 44 of them requiring ventilator support.

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