Covid-19 cases in the country on an upward trend

PETALING JAYA: The number of Covid-19 cases in the country is on an upward trend, with 1,739 cases registered, bringing the cumulative total to 360,856.

Selangor has emerged as the state with the highest number of new cases yesterday, with 535 infections, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“This was followed by Sarawak (443 cases) and Sabah (127 cases.)

“There were eight fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,329, ” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement yesterday.

The fatalities involved five men and three women, aged between 57 and 78.

“There were also 1,216 recoveries, which means 343,953 have recovered from the disease nationwide, ” he said.

Meanwhile, eight new clusters have been registered with five from workplaces and three being community clusters.

Out of the five workplace clusters, one was in Kelantan while two were in Selangor and another two were reported in Sarawak.

The three community clusters were in Sarawak and Sabah.

“The Jalan Zainab cluster in Kelantan, comprising Pasir Puteh, Bachok, Kota Baru, Pasir Mas and Tumpat originating from a company in Jalan Sultanah Zainab, had 51 positive cases.

“The Jalan Kasawari cluster in Selangor is in the Kuala Langat district involving 49 positive cases detected via targeted screening, said Dr Noor Hisham.

“The Jalan Desaria cluster in Sepang, Gombak and Hulu Langat in Selangor involved a public institution in Kampung Pulau Meranti, Puchong, with 13 positive cases so far, ” he said.

An educational institution is a hotspot for the Jalan Bambangan workplace cluster in Sarawak, involving the Mukah and Dalat districts with 30 positive cases.

There are also 17 positive cases in the Jalan Badarudin cluster involving Kuching and Samarahan in Sarawak, originating from a public administration centre, he said.

For community clusters in Sarawak, the Nanga Kelangas cluster in Julau had 37 cases while the Abak Bon cluster in Miri and Subis had a total of 34 cases.

The final community cluster reported yesterday involved the Putatan and Penampang districts in Sabah with eight confirmed cases.

Overall, there are now 343 active clusters, out of 1,459 clusters recorded since the pandemic hit last year.

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