‘300,000 recovered so far’


Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. -filepic

PUTRAJAYA: More than 300,000 people have recovered from Covid-19 since the pandemic started last year.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said another 2,104 patients were discharged yesterday.

He said the total number of recoveries now stood at 300,620 or 94.1% out of all positive cases.

There were 1,647 new infections over the past 24 hours and active cases continued its downward

trend with the latest figures now at 17,544.

Dr Noor Hisham said 61 out of the 147 patients at the intensive care units required ventilator support.Selangor recorded 712 infections or 43.23% of the total new cases with the bulk from clusters and contact tracing activities.

Johor was second with 170 cases, followed by Penang with 169.

Dr Noor Hisham also said there were nine new deaths, all Malaysians, aged between 48 and 78.

“Four were in Selangor, two in Johor and one each in Perak, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur.

“A 58-year-old woman at Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail in Batu Pahat, Johor, was declared dead on arrival, ” he said.

Five new Covid-19 clusters were detected in Selangor, Johor, Melaka and Sabah.

The Tapak Bina Jalan Kenangan cluster in Klang involved workers of a construction site in Meru.

“Positive cases were found through targeted screening at the site where out of 121 people screened, 31 tested positive, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The Teknologi Tenggara cluster in Jalan Kluang, Batu Pahat, involved workers of a factory.

“The index case tested positive after screening to return to their home countries. So far, 12 out of 146 people tested positive, ” he said.

The Jalan Masyhur Enam cluster in Johor Baru was also linked to a factory, with 52 positive cases after a targeted screening exercise.

An outbreak was also uncovered among detainees at the Machap Umboo immigration detention depot in Alor Gajah, Melaka.

Dr Noor Hisham said out of the 530 people screened, 83 of them were found to be positive.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Jambatan Satu Bombalai cluster recorded 15 confirmed cases so far.

There are now 440 active clusters nationwide.

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