18 new clusters detected, says Health DG

PETALING JAYA: Of the 18 new Covid-19 clusters in the country, 13 are linked to the workplace, says the Health director-general.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with this, the country recorded 3,299 clusters since the start of the pandemic.

Of the 13 new workplace clusters, four are in Selangor, three in Johor and two in Kuala Lumpur, with one each in Kelantan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Terengganu. There were 93 fatalities, with 31 recorded in Selangor.

Deaths were also recorded in Johor (16), Melaka (nine), Kedah (eight), Pahang (seven), five each in Penang, Negri Sembilan and Perak, two each in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak and one in Terengganu.

Ten were brought in dead cases in Selangor, Melaka, Kedah and Sabah. The pandemic has so far claimed 7,241 lives in Malaysia.

The number of new Covid-19 cases rose to 12,366 with Selangor recording the most at 5,524 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (1,580) and Negri Sembilan (970).

Dr Noor Hisham also said the R0 (R-naught) value as of July 19 was 1.14, with Terengganu recording the highest value at 1.3.

He said there were 133,703 active cases in the country with 924 patients being treated at ICUs and 448 on ventilators.

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