KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Dec 2020:
The number of new positive Covid-19 cases today remained in four figures with 1,472 cases in which 52.9% or 778 cases were detected from the Teratai cluster.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah however said 1,552 recoveries were reported, which exceeded the number of new positive cases.
“The Teratai cluster today also contributed to 87.3% of the daily cases in Selangor (891 cases),” he said in a statement today.
He said over the week, Malaysia has shown a more stable total for daily cases with a large portion coming from construction sites and factories.
“The high figure follows the expansion of active screening and detection of close contacts in the field.”
Dr Noor Hisham said since its announcement on Nov 7, a total of 6,603 individuals had been screened for the Teratai cluster – and out of the number, 5,056 cases were detected positive involving 331 (6.5%) locals and 4,725 (93.5%) foreigners.
A total of 1,501 individuals were detected negative by the Health Ministry (MoH) while 46 individuals are still awaiting results. and all positive cases have been isolated.
“Therefore, MoH welcomes the announcement by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to extend the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the factory workers’ hostel from Dec 1 to Dec 14.”
He said the employer had been instructed to stop operations and close the factory in stages to conduct screening on all its employees.
Apart from that, he said, health personnel have also been mobilised from the beginning to the affected areas to assist in control and prevention activities.
On the total new cases recorded today, he said five were imported.
“To date, there are 120 positive Covid-19 cases being treated at intensive care unit, with 44 cases requiring respiratory assistance while three deaths were recorded.”
Dr Noor Hisham said the three deaths involved individuals from Sabah. The first death involved a 64-year-old woman with diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer.
The second death involved a 51-year-old man with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease and the third death involved a 24-year-old man.
He said two new Covid-19 clusters – View Kolombong and Talang-talang – have been identified in two districts in Sabah today.
The View Kolombong Cluster was detected in Kota Kinabalu and Tuaran after its index case tested positive for Covid-19 today following a screening of symptomatic individuals. “As of today, 76 individuals have been screened, with 40 testing positive.”
Dr Noor Hisham said the Talang-talang Cluster in Kota Kinabalu, involved an index case who tested positive during the screening of symptomatic individuals on Nov 23. He said of the 67 individuals screened up to today, 18 tested positive for Covid-19.
The emergence of the two new clusters brought the total number of Covid-19 clusters in the country, to date, to 364.
Of the total, he said 184 clusters have ended including three that ended today – the Highway Clusrer, Inai Cluster and Jalan Meru Cluster.
“This brings the total number of active clusters to 180 and out of that number, 33 clusters reported an increase in cases.
“Clusters that reported the highest number of new cases today are the Teratai Cluster (778 cases), Hentian Cluster (118 cases) and Batu Tujug Cluster (66 cases).”