KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Oct 2020:
Malaysia recorded its worst Covid-19 daily record so far with 869 new Covid-19 cases – all being local transmissions, involving 745 Malaysians and 124 non-Malaysians, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said four Covid-19 deaths were recorded over 24 hours up to noon today, raising death toll from the disease to 180 or 0.9% of total cases – which now stands at 19,627 and likely poised to breach the 20,000 mark tomorrow (Sunday Oct 18).
There are 91 Covid-19 patients in in the intensive care unit, with 30 of them needing ventilators. With 302 recoveries today, the total of those discharged now stands at 12,561 (64%) and active infectious cases increasing to 6,886.
He also said five new Covid-19 clusters detected – in Sabah, Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor – making the number of active clusters, to date, at 81.
‘’All the new cases today are local infections involving 745 citizens and 124 non-citizens with Sabah still recording the highest new infections, namely, 451 cases (51.9%),’’ he told a virtual media conference aired in the Facebook of the Ministry of Health (MoH) today.
Dr Noor Hisham said overall, 224 cases (25.8%) today were from the Tembok Cluster, Remand Prison Cluster and the Seberang Perai Prison Cluster – which were isolated cases in prisons and did not infect society.
A total of 20.3% involved cases in the Klang Valley – namely Selangor (159 cases), Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory (15 cases) and Putrajaya (two cases).
In other states, Dr Noor Hisham said Penang recorded 189 cases, Kedah (38), Sarawak (four), Perak (four), Terengganu (three), Johor (two), Negeri Sembilan (one) and Melaka (one).
‘’From the total cases today, four cases were those returning from Sabah, making the number of cases reportedly having a history of visits to Sabah since Sept 20, 2020 at 441 cases.’’
He said the five new clusters were the Teduh Cluster in Lahad Datu, Sabah and the Menara Cluster identified in Gombak, Petaling, Klang, Sepang and Hulu Langat districts in Selangor; Lembah Pantai, Titiwangsa and Cheras districts in Kuala Lumpur; Larut, Matang and Selama districts in Perak and the Federal Territory of Putrajaya.
“The other three clusters are the Keladi Cluster in Klang district, Selangor; Sentral Cluster in Kepong, Cheras and Titiwangsa, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Bah Bemban Cluster in Dungun district, Terengganu.”
Dr Noor Hisham said the Teduh Cluster index case (the 13,000th case) had been identified as a result of screening of individuals with a history of travel from the high-risk district of Semporna on Oct 6 and was admitted to Lahad Datu Hospital.
Close contact screening has identified 10 more positive cases for the cluster making the total number at 11 cases, he said.
For the Menara Cluster, its index case (namely, the 16,041st case) was identified after the screening of a symptomatic individual on Oct 9 who was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital, Selangor.
Close contact screenings had identified 32 more positive cases making the total number until today at 33 cases.
“For the Keladi Cluster, the index case for the cluster, the 17,381st, was identified as a result of close contact screening on Oct 13 and admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital. Close contact screenings identified 25 more positive cases and the total number of positive cases detected is 26.”
On the Sentral Cluster, the index case for the cluster was the 18,676th case, which is also the 176th death, was tested positive as a result of the screening of a death at a medical centre on Oct 16 and so far there were five positive cases.
For the Bah Bemban Cluster, the index case for the cluster (namely the 12,082nd case) was tested positive after a screening of the victim upon returning from high a risk area (Sabah) on Oct 3 and was admitted to Hulu Terengganu Hospital, Kuala Berang.
Close contact screenings had been conducted and, so far, there were 12 positive cases in the cluster.
Dr Noor Hisham said there was an increase in positive cases in 32 active clusters while another 49 clusters recorded zero increase today.
Among the clusters that recorded the highest positive cases were the Remand Prison Cluster which recorded 160 cases, the Utama Cluster (42), the Tembok Cluster (38), the Tujuh Serangkai Cluster (30) and the Seberang Perai Prison Cluster which recorded 26 cases.
One cluster, the Ara Cluster, ended, bringing the total number of clusters that had ended after 28 days of monitoring and not recording a case to 105 clusters.