PUTRAJAYA, 26 Oct 2020:
Malaysia recorded its highest ever daily new Covid-19 cases at 1,240 today, with another seven deaths, said Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah.
There were only two imported cases as the nation’s overall tally hit 27,805 cases and 236 fatalities to date, while the number of active cases with infectivity potential stood at 9,744.
Of the new daily total, he said Sabah continued to record the highest tally, with 927 cases or 74.8% of total cases.
“The number of cases in Sabah has spiked again due to the positive cases in the Kepayan Prison, which recorded 439 cases following more active case detections being carried out in the state.
“Other than that, the mobilisation of health workers has helped efforts to carry out field screening as well as medical treatment,” he said in a press conference on the development of Covid-19 here today.
Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said Kota Kinabalu district recorded the highest cases, namely 532 cases, and from that total, 432 cases are from the Kepayan Prison cluster.
This is followed by Tawau district (81 cases), Sandakan (64 cases), Kudat (47 cases), Lahad Datu (46 cases), Tuaran (28 cases), Penampang (27 cases) and Putatan (23 cases).
“The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases in the state is 12,745 cases. Till today, a total of 5,476 patients are reported to have recovered while a total of 7,164 patients are receiving treatment at wards throughout Sabah,” he said in a statement.
Masidi, who is also Sabah’s official spokesman for Covid-19, said there were seven Covid-19 deaths recorded by the Sabah state health department today.
Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 194 cases were recorded in the Klang Valley, of which 120 were from new and existing clusters.
Also, a total of 508 cases, or 41%, were from the Kepayan Prison Cluster, Seberang Perai Prison Cluster, Benteng LD Cluster, Tapah Prison Cluster and Tembok Cluster.
He said all these cases were isolated as they were within the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas.
There were also two new imported cases involving foreigners infected overseas who arrived from Russia and Ukraine.
The rest, he said, were local transmissions, with Sabah leading with 927 cases; Selangor (176); Penang (61); Negeri Sembilan (25); Kuala Lumpur (17); Perak (8); Sarawak (7); Labuan (5); Johor (4); Kedah and Terengganu (three each); and Melaka (two).
Dr Noor Hisham said there were 691 recoveries, taking the cumulative recovery tally to 17,825 or 64.1% of total cases. He added that there are 94 cases currently being treated in the intensive care unit, with 31 requiring ventilator assistance
Three more new Covid-19 clusters were detected today – one each in Sabah, Negeri Sembilan and Perak.
Dr Noor Hisham said cases of the Kapor cluster in Kudat district, Sabah were identified positive for Covid-19 from screening of a sea gypsy community living Kampung Tanjung Kapor.
He said 46 cases of Covid-19 were found in the cluster on Oct 22 and all cases have been admitted to the Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) in Kota Belud, Sabah.
“As at noon today, 127 individuals have been screened, in which 46 cases were tested positive for Covid-19 (30 new cases) and 81 individuals are still waiting for results.”
Commenting on the Hampar cluster in Rembau district, Negeri Sembilan, Dr Noor Hisham said the index case (case no 23736) was identified Covid-19 positive from screening a symptomatic individual on Oct 21 and the patient had been warded at Rembau Hospital.
He said close contact screening identified four more cases and as at noon today, 578 individuals have been tested in which five positive Covid-19 cases were detected (four new cases) and 477 are still waiting for results.
Apart from that, Dr Noor Hisham said in the Tapah Prison cluster in Batang Padang district, Perak, there were 11 cases identified from screening since Oct 12 and all cases have been admitted to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh and Teluk Intan Hospital.
He said close contact screening in the cluster found four more positive Covid-19 cases. “As at noon today, 2,268 individuals have been screened in which 11 cases were detected positive (four new cases) and 437 individuals are waiting for results.”
Commenting on the concept adopted by the Health Ministry (MoH) in naming Covid-19 clusters, Dr Noor Hisham said this is based on the background of the cluster index case.
He said the cluster was named based on the building, park, residential road or workplace of the index case to ensure effective communication between the various parties involved in the control and management of the cluster.
“Apart from that, the cluster name could also be selected to reflect the way the infection spreads between the index case and the close contacts such as the Auto cluster to show the infection in the cluster was at a workplace among workers of an automotive company and the Inai cluster showed the cluster started from a henna staining ceremony.
“MOH is very careful in choosing the name of the cluster to avoid causing anxiety and stigma to the patient, local resident or organisation involved.”