MCO day 153: Daily new Covid-19 cases at 12

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Aug 2020:

A total of 12 new Covid-19 cases were reported today, 10 of which were local transmissions and two more imported.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the cumulative total of positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to 9,212, with total active cases at 211.

All 10 local transmissions involve Malaysians, one being a screening case at Sungai Buloh Hospital, four involving the Tawar cluster, two from the Sala cluster in Kedah and three more from the Tawar cluster in Penang.

“The two import cases who got infected abroad involve foreigners, one case each in Syria and the Philippines,” he said in a statement on Covid-19 developments today.

There were 17 cases of recovery, bringing the cumulative cases of recoveries to 8,876 or 96.4% from the overall case total, he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said to date, eight positive Covid-19 cases were being treated at the intensive care unit with two requiring ventilator support.

Also, no Covid-19 related fatalities were reported today, with the death toll staying at 125 cases, he added.

As for the Tawar cluster, he said with the overnight cases, the number of infections from this cluster now stands at 46.

“Up to noon today, a total of 1,135 individuals have been screened from this cluster, of which 918 were screened in Kedah, with 39 people testing positive for the virus, 655 testing negative and 224 more are awaiting results.

“In Penang, 208 individuals were screened, seven of whom tested positive, 175 returned negative and 26 more are awaiting results. In Perak, meanwhile, nine have been screened, in which eight tested negative and another is waiting for results.”

As for the Sala cluster, two have tested positive, taking the infection toll for this cluster to six cases, Dr Noor Hisham said.

A total of 269 individuals from Kedah from this cluster were screened in which six tested positive, 214 negative and 49 are awaiting results, while in Penang four were screened, all of whom tested negative.

In another development, Dr Noor Hisham said users of the MySejahtera application version 1.0.24 can now check-in along with registered dependents at one go, which allows for quicker and easier visit check-ins.

Meanwhile, a total of 286 individuals were detained yesterday for non-compliance of the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said of these, 44 people were remanded while 242 were issued compounds.

“Among the offences were failure to provide the device or notification of exit and entry (34), premises which operated beyond their hours (four), not wearing masks (35), and activities involving large numbers of people making social distancing difficult (213),” he said in a statement on the developments of the Recovery MCO (RMCO) today.

On Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had set up 53 roadblocks throughout the country yesterday and inspected 19,355 vehicles to curb the entry of illegal immigrants, especially along rat trails, and no arrests were made.

He added that from July 24 until Aug 16, a total of 12,063 people returned home from overseas through international gates and were placed in 61 hotels and five Public Training Institutes.

“Of this total, 43 individuals were sent to the hospital for treatment and 4,886 people were discharged and allowed to go home.”

He said the PDRM also conducted 362 checks on individuals who were undergoing compulsory quarantine in their own homes and all complied with the standard operating procedure.

Ismail Sabri also said the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs conducted daily checks of 12 goods in 706 business premises, including 526 retailers, 150 wholesalers and 30 factories.

“In general, the supply of essentials is sufficient and can continue to support the country’s needs and are easily obtained.

“The ministry’s enforcement officers also conducted 1,160 special checks on RMCO SOP compliance and found 1,157 premises which complied with the SOP while three premises were advised as they did not meet the conditions for compliance.”

On the Public Sanitation Ops, he said nine sanitation operations were conducted yesterday in two yellow and six green Covid-19 zones in Kedah, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.

Ismail added that the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has inspected 10 construction sites in the country, and found that all complied with the SOP.

– Bernama