MCO day 222: Another 8 deaths & 823 new Covid-19 cases

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Oct 2020;

Malaysia today recorded new Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours in three figures, at 823 cases, with eight more deaths reported.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the cumulative number of Covid-19 positive cases in the country to 26,565, while active cases with infectivity stands at 9,202.

He said all the new cases were local transmissions, of which 533 were in Sabah.

“This number (cases in Sabah today) shows a drop of 356 cases (40%) compared with the total number of cases reported in Sabah yesterday. This is due to the number of new cases recorded from Kepayan Prison, Kota Kinabalu having decreased from 434 reported yesterday, to 67 today.

“However, this number is still high compared with other states. Efforts are being made to track down more cases throughout Sabah which now has 17 red districts,” he said in a statement on the development of Covid-19 here today.

Of the 533 cases, he said 160 were from clusters – including 27 from new clusters of Titir Cluster, Omadal Cluster, Bandaran Cluster and Jambul Cluster; with 270 cases from close contact screening of Covid-19 positive cases and 103 cases from other Covid-19 screening tests.

Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said there were eight deaths reported by the Sabah State Health Department today.

“The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the state is 11,818 cases. As of today, a total of 5,195 patients are reported to have recovered, while, a total of 6,525 patients are receiving treatment in wards throughout Sabah,” he said in a statement.

Masidi said the Sandakan district had the highest number of cases with 167, followed by Kota Kinabalu (162), Tawau (75), Tuaran (29), Kudat (22).

He said the prison cluster that contributed the highest number of cases in Kota Kinabalu previously, recorded only 65 cases, down from the 434 reported yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said Penang recorded 97 cases, of which 96 were from clusters – including two cases from a new cluster, the Bayan Cluster, and one case from close contact screening of Covid-19 positive case.

“In Selangor, there are 88 cases, with 39 cases are from clusters, including five cases from a new cluster, the Mentari Cluster, and 28 cases from close contact screening of positive Covid-19 cases and 21 cases from other Covid-19 screening tests.

“The Federal Territory of Labuan recorded 26 cases, with 22 cases from existing clusters, three cases of close contact screening of positive Covid-19 cases and one case from other Covid-19 screenings.”

Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 22 cases were recorded in Negeri Sembilan – 13 cases from clusters including 11 cases from a new cluster, the Jernih Cluster, one case from close contact screening of positive Covid-19 cases and eight cases from other Covid-19 screenings.

He said that Sarawak recorded 16 cases, of which seven were from clusters including four from a new cluster, the Seladah Cluster, and nine from other Covid-19 screenings, while in Johor, 15 cases were recorded, with 14 from existing clusters and one from screening of those returning from Sabah.

Meanwhile, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 10 cases were recorded, with five from existing clusters, one case from close contact screening of positive Covid-19 cases and four cases from other Covid-19 screenings, he said.

“In Terengganu, there are seven cases from a new cluster, the Makekar Cluster, while six cases in Perak consist of five from existing clusters and one case from close contact screening of Covid-19 positive cases.

“Kedah, on the other hand, recorded one case from an existing cluster, Kelantan recorded one case from close contact screening of Covid-19 positive cases, while Putrajaya reported one case from an existing cluster.”

Of the total cases recorded today, he said 162 cases are from the Seberang Perai Cluster (Penang), the Kepayan Prison Cluster (Sabah) and the Tembok Cluster (Kedah), which are isolated within the areas placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said that 579 recovered cases of Covid-19 were recorded today, bringing the cumulative number of cases that had fully recovered from Covid-19 to 17,134 cases (64.5% of total cases).

He said thus far, there are 99 positive cases of Covid-19 being treated at the intensive care unit, of which 30 cases require respiratory assistance.

There were nine more new Covid-19 clusters identified in several states today. Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sabah has four more new clusters – Titir cluster, Omadal cluster, Bandaran cluster and Jambul cluster – while another five more are Bayan cluster in Penang, Mentari cluster in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur, Jernih cluster in Negeri Sembilan, Seladah cluster in Sarawak and Makekar cluster (Johor, Terengganu and Selangor).

The Titir cluster in Keningau involved index case (Case no 20,232) detected from self-screening on Oct 18 and was admitted to Keningau Hospital. “As at noon today, 23 individuals were screened positive for Covid-19 (12 new cases).”

The Omadal cluster in Semporna involved index case (Case no 21,073) found from screening a symptomatic individual on Oct 18 and had been awarded at PPR Quarantine Centre in Bubul Ria, Semporna.

“Close contact screenings detected 20 more Covid-19 positive cases. As at noon today, 188 individuals had been screened and 21 were found Covid-19 positive (nine new cases) while 167 individuals were tested negative.”

Dr Noor Hisham said the Bandaran cluster in Kota Kinabalu involved index case (case no 18471) who was identified from the screening of a symptomatic individual on Oct 15 and had been warded at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“Close contact screening identified 11 more Covid-19 positive cases. As at noon, 41 individuals were screened with 12 positive cases (five new cases) and 29 were negative.”

The Jambul cluster in Sandakan has the index case (Case no 14,932) from a symptomatic individual screened on Oct 9 and was admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital.

“Close contact screening identified seven more positive Covid-19 cases. As at noon, 30 individuals had been screened in which eight more cases were found Covid-19 positive (one new case); 20 individuals negative and two individuals are still waiting for results.”

Apart from that, Bayan cluster in Seberang Perai Utara as well as southwest and northeast Penang involving index case (Case no 22,930) identified from testing a symptomatic individual on Oct 21 who was warded at Penang Hospital.

“Close contact screening found five more positive cases. As at noon, 216 individuals had been screened in which six were found positive (two new cases) ; 60 individuals were negative and 150 individuals are still waiting for results.”

Dr Noor Hisham said the Mentari cluster involved the districts of Petaling, Klang and Gombak in Selangor, Seremban in Negeri Sembilan and Kepong in Kuala Lumpur.

“The new cluster involved index case (Case no 24,394) identified from screening a symptomatic individual on Oct 22 and the patient was admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“Close contact screenings found 16 more positive Covid-19 cases. As at noon, 93 individuals were screened in which 17 cases was found Covid-19 positive (five new cases) and 10 cases were reported negative and 66 individuals are waiting for results.”

Meanwhile, he said Jernih cluster in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan involved index cases (Cases 24,435 to 24,438) were identified from screenings before returning to their country of origin on Oct 22 and were warded at Rembau Hospital.

“Screening of close contacts found 11 more positive cases. As at noon, 76 individuals were tested in which 15 were detected Covid-19 positive (11 new cases) and 61 are still waiting for results.”

He said the Seladah cluster in Kuching and Serian, Sarawak, involved index case (case no 24,448) identified from screening a symptomatic individual and was warded at Sarawak General Hospital.

“Testing on close contacts had identified six more Covid-19 positive cases. As at noon, 18 individuals were screened in which seven were positive (four new cases); four individuals negative and seven are still waiting for results.”

The Makekar cluster involved the districts of Johor Bahru and Kulai in Johor as well as Kemaman, Dungun, Kuala Terengganu and Marang districts in Terengganu and Klang district in Selangor.

“The index case for the cluster (case no 23,800) was identified Covid-19 positive at a workplace screening on Oct 18 and had been admitted to Hulu Terengganu Hospital, Kuala Berang.

“Close contact screenings found nine more positive cases. As at noon, 132 individuals had been tested in which 10 cases were found Covid-19 positive (eight new cases); 106 individuals were found negative and 16 individuals are still waiting for results.”

– Bernama