Virus infections hit 70,000 mark

PUTRAJAYA: The number of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has hit the 70,000 mark after the Health Ministry confirmed another 1,141 new cases in the country.

However, no fatalities were recorded yesterday, keeping the death toll at 376.

Three of yesterday’s new cases were imported infections while the rest were local transmissions.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said since the pandemic began, 70,253 people had been infected by the coronavirus.

The states with the highest increase yesterday were Sabah and Selangor, with each recording 320 new cases.

Kuala Lumpur recorded 256 new cases, many of which are related to clusters linked to construction sites.

The Tapak Bina Puteh Lama cluster, centred around a construction site in Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, saw 159 new cases.

This is the biggest hike recorded yesterday out of all the 188 active clusters in the country.

The Teratai cluster, which is linked to workers of rubber glove manufacturer Top Glove, recorded the second highest increase with 62 new cases.

It continues to be the country’s biggest cluster, registering 5,156 positive cases so far.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry had identified eight new clusters, including two new ones in Kuala Lumpur linked to construction sites.

The Tapak Bina Muda cluster has 11 confirmed cases in Titiwangsa, Lembah Pantai and Kepong while the Tapak Bina Galeri cluster recorded 16 confirmed cases in Lembah Pantai and Cheras.

Another new cluster in Kuala Lumpur, dubbed the Bukit Dalam cluster, has 13 cases.

The other five new clusters are the Cempaka cluster in Johor (10 cases), the Sungai Cincin cluster in Perak (15), the Huma cluster in Kelantan (20), the Jalan Genting cluster (14) and the Atabara cluster (five), both in Pahang.

Dr Noor Hisham also said the government was considering reducing the 14-day mandatory quarantine for travellers arriving in Malaysia.

“We might shorten the 14-day requirement but we will look at the current data and the risks involved. Any decision made must be substantiated by data, ” he said.

Currently, Malaysia’s policy requires travellers arriving in the country at its entry points to be tested for Covid-19 twice – on Day One and Day 13 of their quarantine period.

Yesterday, 1,144 people were discharged from hospitals, which means that 59,061 or 84.1% of the total number of patients have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases is now 10,799.

A total of 129 patients are currently under intensive care, with 53 requiring ventilator support.

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