MCO day 249: Daily new Covid-19 cases at 1,041, another 3 deaths

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Nov 2020:

Malaysia recorded 1,041 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of positive cases in the country to 53,679.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brought the number of active cases in the country to 12,854 cases, with 1,405 recoveries taking the cumulative total of those recovered to 40,493.

He said 1,039 of the cases today were local transmissions, with two import cases from abroad.

The three states which recorded the highest number of cases today were Selangor with 402 cases (38.6%), Sabah with 346 cases (33.2%) and Negeri Sembilan with 121 cases (11.6%).

“The high number of Covid-19 positive cases reported in Selangor is due to the spike in the Teratai Cluster which is 298 cases (74.1%).”

He said in a statement today the high number of cases in Sabah meanwhile was due to active Covid-19 screenings, while in Negeri Sembilan, it was due to more people testing positive from existing clusters.

Another 21 of the cases (2%) today were related to prison clusters – the Jalan Harapan Prison Cluster (17 cases) (Selangor), Tembok Cluster (three cases) (Kedah) and Seberang Perai Prison Cluster (one case) (Penang).

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 108 positive cases being treated at the intensive care unit with 45 cases requiring respiratory assistance.

He added that there were three deaths reported today, namely two men and a woman in Sabah, which took the total number of casualties to 332 cases, or 0.6% of the total. All three, aged 55 to 78, had underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Dr Noor Hisham said three new clusters were identified today – the Jalan Harapan Prison Cluster, Kota Kecil Cluster and Sky Coklat Cluster.

He said the Jalan Harapan Prison Cluster involved Sungai Buloh Prison in Selangor, with so far 17 cases detected following the screening of 113 individuals.

The Kota Kecil cluster in the Kota Tinggi district, Johor, involved an index case who tested positive following symptomatic screening done on Nov 15. “To date, a total of 467 individuals have been screened, with nine detected positive. All cases have been admitted to the Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital in Kluang.”

As for the Sky Coklat Cluster in Labuan, Dr Noor Hisham said the index case tested positive following symptomatic screening on Nov 19, with seven more cases tested positive to date, all of whom have been admitted to the Labuan Hospital.

He said among the clusters which reported a high number of new cases – apart from the Teratai Cluster – were the Hentian Cluster (79 cases), and the Damanlela Construction Site Cluster (43 cases).

Two clusters were also reported to have ended today, namely the Bah Kayu Cluster and the Lekir Cluster, bringing the total number of ended clusters to 159.

Meanwhile, Kota Kinabalu is expected to see a spike in Covid-19 cases when the results of screening tests conducted at the Telipok and Kampung Numbak settlements here are ready.

Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the State Health Department was still conducting screenings in the two densely populated localities – which have been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

“Kota Kinabalu recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases today with 109 cases from the total 346 cases registered statewide.

“As many as 36.71% or 127 new cases from Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Kudat were detected from screenings conducted on close contacts (of Covid-19 patients),” he said in a statement tonight.

Masidi, who is also the state government’s spokesman on Covid-19 related matters said the number of beds to treat Covid-19 patients in the state was still sufficient when only 36.09% of the total 6,576 beds were occupied.

“The total bed capacity at Covid-19 hospitals is 1,007 beds while there are 5,569 beds at Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-risk Treatment Centres.”

– Bernama