Cases breach 2,000 mark for first time in six weeks

PUTRAJAYA: The number of Covid-19 cases continue its upwards trend, raising concerns over a possible fourth wave to hit the country.

A total of 2,148 cases were recorded yesterday, breaching the 2,000 mark for the first time in six weeks.

Seven states saw three digit figures – Sarawak with 512 cases, Selangor (459), Kelantan (221), Sabah (202), Johor (182), Kuala Lumpur (171) and Penang (134).

“Sarawak has the highest number of new cases and 82% of them detected from clusters and contact tracing, ” said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his daily Covid-19 updates.

Another 10 people died from the virus, raising the death toll to 1,363.

Dr Noor Hisham said those who died were aged between 54 and 97, comprising nine locals and a foreigner.

“Selangor and Kuala Lumpur have three fatalities each, two in Sarawak and one each in Johor and Sabah. The number of active cases has also increased to 17,525, ” he said.

Currently, 212 patients are warded in intensive care units with 82 of them needing ventilator support.

Dr Noor Hisham also said five out of the 15 new clusters were detected in Kelantan.

One of the clusters in the state – Kampung Bunut Sarang Burung – saw 50 confirmed cases to date.

“This cluster involved staff and students of an education centre in Tumpat.

“The index case developed symptoms and later tested positive on April 8, ” he said, adding that 121 people had been screened so far.

On the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant from the United Kingdom, Dr Noor Hisham said two more cases had been detected.

“There are now five confirmed cases of the UK variant. The two latest cases involved Malaysians who travelled to Poland in March.

“Both were tested positive on March 30 and are now under treatment, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

On Wednesday, he said a total of 17 locally transmitted positive cases were linked to the South African variant B.1.351.

Following this, he urged the public to be more alert due to these “more contagious variants”.

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