Covid-19: Nine more clusters reported, total cases breach 300,000

PETALING JAYA: Nine new Covid-19 clusters were reported as Malaysia breached the 300,000 case mark on Sunday (Feb 28).

Read more here: Health Ministry: 2,437 new cases for 300,752 total, nine new deaths

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that all new clusters reported were linked to workplaces.

Four were located in Johor, three in Selangor, and one each in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

A total of 31 cases have been detected in the Jalan Timah Tiga cluster following screening of an individual who displayed symptoms. The cluster is linked to a factory in the Pasir Gudang Industrial Estate in Johor Baru.

Similarly, the Jalan Tanjung Empat cluster and Jalan Desa Tropika cluster – both in Johor Baru – were reported following screenings at factories, with 28 cases and ten cases reported respectively.

The Batu Empat cluster in Batu Pahat involves a factory where eight cases were reported while the Perusahaan Jalan Bukit cluster involves a factory in Kajang, Hulu Langat where 262 infections were reported.

The Industri Waja cluster in Kuala Langat and the Jalan Selisik cluster in Petaling and Kuala Selangor have reported 45 cases and 17 cases respectively following screening at factories.

The Tapak Bina Bukit Kiara cluster with 181 cases was detected following screening at a construction site in Kepong while the Jalan Sungai Baong cluster in Seberang Perai Selatan in Pulau Pinang has 40 infections following screening at a factory at the Furniture Industrial Estate.

Altogether, a total of 1,138 clusters have been reported in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, with 491 still active and 647 considered to have ended.

Of the active clusters, 89 reported new cases with the highest from the Perusahaan Jalan Bukit cluster with 262 cases, the Tapak Bina Bukit Kiara cluster with 180 cases, and the Jalan Tasek Avenue cluster with 166 cases.

Malaysia now has reported 300,752 infections, of which 26,205 considered active.

Selangor recorded the highest number of infections with 914 cases, followed by Johor with 340 cases, Kuala Lumpur with 337 cases, and Perak with 287 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham also said there were nine new Covid-19 deaths, which raised the overall death toll to 1,130 or 0.38% of all cases.

A foreign woman aged 102 years from Kluang who did not have reported co-morbidities was among the deaths.

All eight others reported to have died were citizens aged between 57-88 with a background of co-morbidities such as high blood pressures, diabetes and heart disease.

Currently, 202 people are being treated at intensive care units, with 93 of them requiring ventilator support.

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