MCO day 196: Daily new Covid-19 cases at 101, with 4 new clusters

PUTRAJAYA, 29 Sept 2020:

Malaysia recorded 101 new Covid-19 cases today – taking its cumulative total to 11,135 while the number of active cases now stands at 1,062, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Four of the new cases were imported involving one Malaysian and a Myanmar national (two cases in Sarawak), a Saudi Arabian (one case in Sarawak), and a Nigerian (one case in Selangor).

“Of the 97 local transmissions, 93 cases involved Malaysians and four foreigners.

“A total of 17 of them have a history of having travelled to Sabah, taking the number of cases (from this group) to 63 since September,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 development here today.

There were 50 recoveries reported today, bringing the cumulative total recoveries to 9,939 cases or 89.3% of the overall cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said 13 cases are currently being treated in the intensive care unit, with five needing ventilator support.

No deaths were recorded today, with the death toll remaining at 134 or 1.2% of the total number of cases.

On the 97 local transmissions today, he said 73 involved cases in Sabah, with:

  • 51 from the Bangau-Bangau Cluster (48 Malaysians and three foreigners);
  • 8 from the symptomatic screening (Malaysians);
  • 3 from the new Jalan Bomba Cluster (Malaysians);
  • 2 from the Benteng LD Cluster (Malaysians); two from Quarters Cluster (Malaysians);
  • 2 from the new Jalan Utara Cluster (Malaysians);
  • 1 referral screening to the Sandakan Hospital (Malaysian);
  • 1 close contact screening of the 11,119th patient (Malaysian);
  • 1 screening at the international entry point (Malaysian); one health worker screening (Malaysian); and
  • 1 community screening (Malaysian).

Dr Noor Hisham said 14 cases were detected in Selangor, of which:

  • 9 were from the screening of those returning from high-risk areas (Sabah) involving Malaysians;
  • 2 close contact screening of cases number 10,776 and 11,129;
  • 1 from the new Benteng PK Cluster (Malaysians);
  • 1 from the Jalan Apas Cluster (Malaysian); and
  • 1 screening case before returning to the country of origin involving a foreigner.

The other local transmissions involved two cases in Johor from the new Bakawali Cluster (Malaysians); as well as one each in Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Perak, Melaka, Kelantan, Penang, Putrajaya and Perlis, which involved the screening of Malaysians returning from Sabah.

Commenting on the statement issued by a shopping mall – which has gone viral – regarding an employee who tested positive for Covid-19, Dr Noor Hisham said the Ministry of Health (MoH) appreciated its proactive action in helping out with control and preventive measures.

However, the MoH will need to carry out detailed investigations before it can declare any area a hotspot, considering the fact the determination of a hotspot is based on the locality of the positive case and its potential to spread the Covid-19 virus.

“MoH must carry out an evaluation on the risk and infectivity rate before it can announce if any place has the potential to be the cause for spreading the virus.”

He said MoH has detected four new clusters – two in Sabah identified as Jalan Bomba cluster and Jalan Utara cluster – while in Selangor, it is identified as Benteng PK cluster and in Johor, the Bakawali cluster.

Dr Noor Hisham said the index case of the Jalan Bomba cluster was case 11,110 – who is a local man with travel history to Semporna, Sabah on Sept 20.

“The patient with symptoms such as fever and cough was found positive for Covid-19 on Sept 28. The case was warded at the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan and close contact screening found two more Covid-19 cases on Sept 28.

“The identification of close contacts and screening by the Sandakan Health office are still going on. The source of the infection is still being investigated.”

On the Jalan Utara cluster, he said the cluster was identified from the screening of a health personnel at a training institute in Sandakan, Sabah with two health personnel found infected with Covid-19 on Sept 28.

“They were not having symptoms and have been warded in the Duchess of Kent Hospital, Sandakan. Identification of close contacts and screening are still ongoing by the Sandakan Area Health Office while the source of infection is being investigated.”

The Benteng PK cluster was identified from the screening of an illegal immigrant in Klang, Selangor from Sept 16 to 25 after eight people were found positive for Covid-19, said Dr Noor Hisham.

“Screening of close contacts found one more positive case for the cluster on Sept 28, which involved police personnel who has been warded at Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“To date, 148 individuals have been screened. The results found nine positive for Covid-19 and 139 turned out negative.”

Meanwhile for the Bakawali cluster, he said the index case for the cluster was case number 10,911 and case number 10,912 – a local married couple with history of travelling to Semporna, Sabah on Sept 13 to 18.

Dr Noor Hisham noted both had symptoms such fever, running nose and cough on Sept 24 and they later sought treatment at Sultan Ismail Hospital, Johor Bahru before being found positive for Covid-19 on Sept 26 and were warded at Enche’ Besar Hajjah Kalsom Hospital, Johor.

“Close contact screening found two more positive cases. As at Sept 29, 25 individuals have been screened with four found positive of Covid-19, 13 individuals negative with eight individuals still waiting for results.

“The infection prevention measures included the decontamination and cleaning of the locations involved. The source of infection are under investigation for all clusters.”

– Bernama