PUTRAJAYA, 16 July 2021:
Just a week after Malaysia’s Covid-19 tally zoomed passed the 800,000 infections mark on July 9, another 12,541 new cases over the past 24 hours has brought total infections to 893,323 positives and poised to breach another milestone tomorrow.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has already issued a warning the delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is airborne – passing infection in just 15 seconds of exposure.
Extensive testing conducted by the Health Ministry reveals just how bad the situation is within the Klang Valley – with infections surging in Selangor (5,512), Negeri Sembilan (1,619) and Kuala Lumpur (1,542).
Other hotspot states are Johor (609), Melaka (575), Kedah (458), Sarawak (423), Pahang (382), Penang (376), Sabah (326), Perak (299), Kelantan (225) and Terengganu (102).
Recording fewer than 100 new Covid-19 cases each are Perlis (7), Labuan (24) and Putrajaya (62).
Among the eight states given leeway to ease lockdown measures, only Perlis seems to be keeping the situation under control while ever higher figures are still getting charted in Kelantan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu.
There were 12 Malaysians among the 16 imported cases, local transmissions were made up of 9,951 citizens (79.4%) and 2,574 foreigners.
At around half of new Covid-19 cases, today’s 6,742 discharges brought total recoveries to 772,542 (86.48%) as active cases further soared to 114,053 with 896 patients at intensive care units and 459 needing respirators.
Yet another 115 fatalities were recorded, raising the death toll to 6,728 – with casualties in Selangor (53), Kuala Lumpur (24), Johor (7), Melaka (7), Penang (5), Kedah (4), Negeri Sembilan (4), Perak (3), Sabah (3), Kelantan (2), Terengganu (2) and Labuan (1). A shocking 24 Covid-19 patients had their bodies brought in dead to hospitals.
A record 37 clusters were identified today – including three education clusters in Johor (Jalan Pulai Indah 27 JB), Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Cengal Selatan Titiwangsa) and Penang (Putra Bertam Prai) plus three high-risk groups in Johor (Mahkota Batu 19 Kulai), Sabah (Pekan Ranau) and Selangor (Batu Tujuh Jalan Kebun Klang) together with four detention clusters in Johor (Tembok Choh 3 JB and Tembok Tawakal Kluang), Kedah (Kolam Air 2) and Negeri Sembilan (Bakti 2 Seremban).
Another eight are community clusters in Johor (Kampung Kukup), Kelantan (Kampung Alor Hijau Pasir Puteh), Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Bangsar), Perak (Kampung Lubuk Pusing Manjung), Sarawak (Bukit Tinggi Meradong and Lempaong Betong), Selangor (Terusan Utama Sabak Bernam) and Terengganu (Tok Jiring Kuala Nerus).
The remaining 19 workplace clusters are in:
- Johor (Jalan Gunung 32 JB, Jalan Lok Heng Kota Tinggi and Setapa Kota Tinggi);
- Pahang (Jalan Chengal Temerloh Temerloh, Jalan Mahkota Kuantan and Lorong Baiduri Satu Maran);
- Penang (Jalan Mayang Pasir, Lorong IKS Juru Tiga and Persiaran Cassia Selatan Satu);
- Selangor (Industri Alam Jaya Tiga Kuala Selangor, Industri Jalan Rukun Dua Kuala Selangor and Tapak Bina Jalan Lagong Gombak);
- Kelantan (Seksyen 11 Jalan Maju and Wakaf Che Yeh);
- Melaka (Industri Lot Satu and Satu Lagenda);
- Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Setiawangsa 11), Perak (Persiaran SIBC Satu) and Terengganu (Lorong Gemia).
The 893 active clusters out of 3,205 identified todate contributed 2,302 of today’s Covid-19 cases, close contact screening made up another 5,862 cases and 4,361 came from other screenings.