MCO day 382: Covid-19 cases surging in Perak as nation’s tally poised to breach 350,000

PUTRAJAYA, 3 April 2021:

Perak saw a surge in Covid-19 infections overnight as the daily tally rose by 1,638 to 349,610 – outpacing the 1,449 discharges as overall recoveries rose to 333,892 (95.5%).

The state’s Covid-19 case surge was due to the Jalan Pelabuhan workplace cluster announced on Feb 20 – reporting 486 infections today involving a number of factories in Manjung. As of today, 1,312 positive cases have been confirmed out of 1,689 screened.

Active cases stood at 14,432, including 167 at intensive care units and 81 needing ventilators, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

There were three Malaysians out of the seven imported infections, local transmissions involved 950 citizens (58.2%) and 681 foreigners.

Selangor continued to record a high number of new infections at 352, followed by Sarawak (290). Perlis had none, Terengganu recorded four new cases while Putrajaya has seven; all other states charted double-digit new cases.

The death toll rose by three – all Malaysians in Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak – to 1,286.

Another seven clusters were identified today – with three being workplace-related at Jalan Bandar Sembilan (Negeri Sembilan), Teknologi Peramu Jaya (Pahang) and Jalan Kubota Sentral (Sabah). The other four are community clusters at Jalan Merdeka (Johor), Jalan Kenanga (Melaka), Simpang Tiga Merotai (Sabah) and Kampung Binyu (Sarawak).

With 13 clusters ended today, 357 remain active out of the 1,395 identified todate.