PUTRAJAYA, 24 Oct 2020:
Malaysia has recorded more than 1,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time since the pandemic reached our shores earlier this year.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today announced the today’s tally has surged to 1,228 cases and seven deaths.
Sabah alone recorded 889 new positive cases, mainly within its prisons, he said in the press conference streamed live on the Health Ministry’s official Facebook page. This brings the overall tally for Malaysia now to 25,742 cases and 221 deaths from Covid-19.
Despite Sabah alone accounting for 72.4% of the daily total nationwide, he assured there was still enough capacity in hospitals and Covid-19 Low-Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) to accommodate the number of positive cases in the state.
“The total number of active Covid-19 cases with infectivity is 8,966. They have been segregated and given treatment.”
He said 502 of the cases today comprised of detainees from the Kepayan Prison Cluster, Seberang Perai Prison Cluster, Remand Prison Cluster and Tembok Cluster – all of whom are isolated from the public at large.
Two new cases detected today were found to have returned from Sabah, taking the total number of cases with a history of travel to Sabah since Sept 20 to 468 cases, he added.
Of total number of cases today, Dr Noor Hisham said 11 were import cases recorded in Kuala Lumpur – involving three citizens and eight non-citizens – with three cases recorded from those arriving from Singapore, Indonesia (3); China (2); South Korea (2); and Tunisia (1).
He said the rest were local transmissions – with 889 in Sabah, Negeri Sembilan (96), Selangor (76), Kedah (76), Penang (23), Federal Territory of Labuan (21), Perak (10) , Sarawak (8), Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (8), Johor (7) and Melaka (3).
Dr Noor Hisham said there were 671 recoveries recorded today, taking the cumulative number of cases that had fully recovered to 16,555, which is 64.3% of total cases.
There are 92 cases being treated at the intensive care unit, of which 31 cases require respiratory assistance.
“From the latest information reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, I am sad to inform you that there have been seven more Covid-19-related deaths, taking the total number of casualties due to the disease in Malaysia to 221.”
He said six more new Covid-19 clusters were reported in several states today – with two detected in Sabah – the Megah Cluster and the Mesra Cluster, which each involving index cases resulting from the screenings of symptomatic individuals.
The Megah Cluster in Sandakan, involved an index case (case 13,706) who was detected on Oct 5 and had been admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital.
“The close contact screening of this cluster has identified 14 more positive cases and, until today, 64 individuals have been screened with 15 positive cases, 12 negative and 37 individuals are still waiting for results.
“The Mesra Cluster, also in Sandakan, involves an index case (case 13,755) who was identified as positive Covid-19 on Oct 7 and was admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital. ‘’Close contact screenings have identified 21 more positive cases and two individuals are still waiting for the results.”
Dr Noor Hisham said cases for the Kaya Cluster – involving the Seremban district in Negeri Sembilan and the Federal Territory of Putrajaya – were detected following a screening at the work place on Oct 24.
He said the individuals involved were warded at the Sungai Buluh Hospital in Selangor and Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban.
‘’Until today, 63 individuals were screened with 55 positive cases, six negative and two individuals still waiting for their results.’’
The Health Ministry (MoH) also detected the Bah Kayu Cluster in Gombak, Selangor and Titiwangsa, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur on Oct 13 with the screening of an individual (17,371st case) returning from a high risk area (Sabah).
He said the patient was warded at the Sungai Buloh Hospital and a screening of his close contacts had identified 16 more Covid-19 positive cases and, to date, 628 individuals had been screened with 17 cases found positive, 591 negative and 20 still waiting for results.
The Baki Cluster was detected in Kuching, Sarawak following the screening of a symptomatic individual (20,431st case) on Oct 17 who had been warded at the Sarawak General Hospital.
‘’A screening of his close contacts found four more Covid-19 positive cases. A total 68 individuals were screened with 34 individuals negative while 29 individuals are still waiting for results.’’
In Johor, Dr Noor Hisham said MoH detected the Kempas Cluster involving the Johor Bahru and Kulai districts. He said the index case (24,447th case) was identified when a symptomatic individual was screened on Oct 22 and was admitted to the Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital, Kluang.
He said a screening of close contacts had identified seven more positive cases, and, until, to date, 206 individuals had been screened with eight positive cases, 28 individuals negative and 170 individuals still waiting for results.