2,451 new cases, five more deaths

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 2,451 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 133,559.

There were also five fatalities, bringing the death toll to 542. There are currently 26,185 active cases.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 2,446 cases were locally transmitted while five were imported.

“For the locally transmitted cases, 1,858 involved Malaysians and 588 cases were foreigners.

“Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 564, followed by Sabah and Negri Sembilan at 409 and 351, respectively, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that 327 cases came from clusters linked to lockups, Immigration detention centres and prisons consisting of Penjara Jalan Harapan (291), Telok Mas (17), Tembok Gajah (nine), Damai Pelangi (eight), Pagar Siput (one) and Tembok Choh (one).

“There are 177 patients in intensive care, with 82 of them requiring ventilator support.

“A total of 1,401 patients have recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total cumulative number of recoveries to 106,832, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also said there were five new clusters – Mikro, Palut, Pasai, Kesidang Teknologi and Symphony Magazine located in Johor, Penang, Sarawak, Melaka and Terengganu – detected.

The Mikro cluster is a workplace cluster involving the Johor Baru, Kulai, Pontian and Kota Tinggi clusters in Johor where 97 individuals were found to be positive from 588 who were screened.

The Penang’s Symphony Magazine involves the Timur Laut and Seberang Perai districts, where 44 cases were detected after 116 individuals were screened.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Kesidang Technology cluster was also a workplace cluster involving the Melaka Tengah district where 18 positive cases were detected after 136 individuals were screened.

The Palut cluster involves the Dungun district where 10 cases were detected from 89 individuals screened while the Pasai cluster involves Sibu and Mukah where 38 cases were found after 73 individuals were screened.

The Health Ministry is monitoring 256 active clusters where 58 of them have reported an increase in cases.

They comprise 291 cases in the Jalan Harapan prison cluster, 226 from the Beringin cluster and 115 from the Jalan Perindustrian cluster.

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