MCO day 248: Malaysia’s Covid-19 tally to surpass Singapore’s within days

PUTRAJAYA, 20 Nov 2020:

There were 958 positive Covid-19 cases recorded in the country today, with three more deaths.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced the cumulative positive cases stands at 52,638 and there were 13,221 active cases.

If this trend continues, Malaysia’s Covid-19 case tally will surpass Singapore’s current 58,143 total by next week.

“Three states with the highest cases today are Sabah with 512 cases followed by Selangor and Negeri Sembilan with 153 cases each.

“The high positive Covid-19 reporting in Sabah is from additional cases in Sabaru cluster (149 cases), and increase in case detection among close contacts (196 cases),” he told a media conference on Covid-19 development here today.

He said the new cases in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan were attributed increase in cases from the existing as well as new clusters.

Dr Noor Hisham said 31 cases were linked to clusters of Temporary Detention Centres (PTS), lockup and prisons involving the Tembok cluster (24 cases), Seberang Perai Prison cluster (3 cases), Red House cluster (2 cases), Sandakan Prison cluster (1 case) and the Kepayan Prison cluster (1 case).

From the overall 958 new cases, 953 cases involved local transmission while the remaining five cases were imported infections.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were three death cases recorded in the past 24 hours bringing the cumulative fatalities to 329 cases.

Currently there are 110 cases being treated at intensive care unit with 42 requiring respiratory assistance.”

Meanwhile, he said five new clusters have been identified – Kasir cluster in Tawau, Sabah; Sri Jujur cluster involving Klang, Sepang and Petaling districts in Selangor; OAD cluster in Negeri Sembilan as well as Selangor; Enggor cluster in Perak and the Makmur cluster in Johor bringing the total active clusters to 167.

“From the total, 47 cluster reported more cases. The clusters with new highest cases are Sabaru cluster (149 cases), Hentian cluster (107 cases) and Perigi cluster (50 cases).”

He said the three clusters declared closed are Seri Setia, Bina, and Bah Bundle clusters giving a total of 157 clusters.

– Bernama