Covid-19: Eight new clusters, five related to workplaces

PETALING JAYA: There were eight new clusters reported on Thursday (May 13), with five related to workplaces in Selangor, Johor and Penang.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Jalan Keretapi Lama and Lima Jalan Kebun clusters are workplace clusters in Selangor.

He said two other workplace clusters - Jalan Tropika Industri and Jalan Suasa Industri - were found in Johor while the Jalan Chain Ferry cluster was found in Penang.

Sabah and Sarawak each had a new community cluster which is the Jalan Lilin cluster in Sarawak and Kongsi Lapan cluster in Sabah.

The new Tanjung Rimau cluster in Melaka is a religious cluster.

He also said Malaysia recorded 4,855 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 458,077.

Another 27 more people died of Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,788.

"All 27 who died were Malaysians with eight deaths recorded in Selangor, five in Johor, three in Kelantan and two deaths each in Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Penang.

"Perak, Pahang, and Labuan also recorded one death each," he said in a statement on Thursday.

Out of the 27 deaths, five did not have any recorded co-morbidities including a 37-year-old man who died in Hospital Kajang.

Selangor recorded the highest number of cases at 1,783, followed by Kuala Lumpur (521) and Johor (467).

There are currently 41,582 active cases in the country with 481 patients being treated in intensive care units and 247 are on ventilators.

Separately, Dr Noor Hisham extended his Hari Raya greetings to all Muslims and thanked frontliners who were working during Hari Raya.

"The frontliners hope that all Malaysians will play their role in combating Covid-19. Hopefully, we'll be able to contain infections through new normal practices during and after the celebrations," he said.

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