Another four South African variant cases detected


Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Four new locally-transmitted South African Covid-19 variant (B.1.351) cases have been detected, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general noted three were reported in the Kuala Langat district along with the first case outside Selangor at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

As of yesterday, a total of 21 cases of locally-transmitted South African Covid-19 variant had been detected.

Dr Noor Hisham also lauded Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement to increase the quarantine period from 10 days to 14 days for travellers from certain countries, to contain the spread of the variant.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded 11 deaths and 2,717 new cases yesterday, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 390,252 and fatalities to 1,426

Selangor, Sarawak and Kelantan have the highest number of new cases at 768,570 and 518.

There were 26 imported cases, of which 24 involved foreigners.

As of noon Saturday, there were 2,292 recoveries, bringing the total recoveries to 365,900 cases.

He also said 10 new Covid-19 clusters have been identified, bringing the number of active clusters in the country to 352.

Seven of the new clusters were from the workplace, two from the community and one education institution.

The workplace clusters are the Jalan Abdul Karim cluster and Jalan Melor cluster in Selangor, Leboh Ipoh-Lumut cluster and Jalan Datoh cluster in Perak, Tingkat Mak Mandin in Penang, D’Lahar in Terengganu and Desa Mawar in Pahang.

The community clusters are Jalan Kolam Dua in Perak and Dambai Inanam in Sabah, he said, adding that the Jalan St Thomas cluster came from a Kuala Lumpur school.

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