MCO day 226: Recoveries outnumber new daily Covid-19 cases of 649

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 Oct 2020:

A total of 685 Covid-19 recoveries were reported today – higher than the 649 new cases recorded.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 642 of the new cases were local transmissions while the other seven were imported from abroad.

He said 352 of the locally transmitted cases were reported in Sabah, followed by 132 in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan (43), Kedah (37), Kuala Lumpur (21), Labuan (17), Penang (13), Johor (10), Sarawak (eight), Perak (five), and one case each in Pahang, Melaka, Terengganu and Putrajaya.

“In Sabah, 55 cases are from clusters, including 11 cases from new clusters, namely the Sakti Cluster and Tuguson Cluster, 170 cases from screenings conducted on close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases and 127 cases were from other Covid-19 screenings.

“In Selangor, 70 cases are from clusters, including six cases from new clusters, namely Taman Laut Cluster and Bah Medan Cluster, 41 cases from screenings of close contacts of positive cases and 21 cases from other Covid-19 screenings,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham said Sabah and the Klang Valley – which are still under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) – accounted for 78.7% of total Covid-19 positive cases overall.

Meanwhile, he said the import cases involved two citizens and five non-citizens who arrived from Indonesia, India and the Philippines.

“The cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country so far is 30,090, while the current number of active cases with Covid-19 infectivity is 10,087. The number of cases that have fully recovered from Covid-19 is 19,757, which is 65.7% of the total.”

He said there were 106 positive Covid-19 cases being treated at the intensive care unit – of which 23 cases required respiratory assistance, while no new deaths were reported today.

“Therefore, the cumulative number of Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia remains at 246 cases, which is 0.8% of the total number of cases.”

The Health Ministry (MoH) today identified five more Covid-19 clusters involving two each in Sabah and Selangor and one in Negeri Sembilan.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Sakti cluster is from Lahad Datu district in Sabah with 18 individuals testing positive for the virus, while 35 of the 154 people screened were still waiting for results as of noon today.

“The index case for this cluster tested positive on Oct 5. Close contact screening led to 17 more positive cases detected and all of the cases are being treated at the Lahad Datu hospital.”

The Tuguson cluster involves Sabah’s Kota Belud district with the index case testing positive on Oct 15 before being admitted to the Kota Belud Hospital, he said.

“As of noon today, a total of 146 individuals have been screened, of which 18 have tested positive, including four new infections, while 128 individuals are still awaiting results.”

In Selangor, Dr Noor Hisham said the Bah Medan cluster in Sepang has 20 positive cases, four of them new ones, while 32 individuals are still waiting for results from a total of 52 individuals screened as of noon today.

“The index case for this cluster tested positive upon return from a high-risk area (Sabah) on Oct 3. Close contact screening detected 19 more positive cases. All of them have been admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.”

Besides this, the Taman Laut cluster in Petaling Jaya had its index case testing positive on Oct 21 before being admitted to Sungai Buloh hospital, Dr Noor Hisham said.

“Close contact screening detected five more cases. As of noon today, a total of 123 individuals have been screened with 18 individuals testing negative while 99 more are still awaiting results.”

In Negeri Sembilan, Dr Noor Hisham said the Taman Bunga cluster involves Seremban, Kuala Pilah and Jelebu districts with 23 positive cases so far (16 new cases), while seven out of 55 individuals screened are still waiting for results.

“The index case tested positive on Oct 25 and has been admitted to the Tuanku Ja’afar hospital. Close contact screening led to 22 more positive cases detected.”

The five new clusters make up the current total of 239 clusters, with 128 of them being active clusters.

– Bernama