No deaths but new cases outpace recoveries

PUTRAJAYA: No new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, leaving the toll from Covid-19 stagnant at 100.

However, new cases outnumbered recoveries, with 94 new infections recorded against 55 patients discharged from hospital.

This brings total cases across the country to 5,945, with total recoveries at 4,087 or 68.75%.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 1,758 patients continue receiving treatment with 40 in the intensive care unit and 18 in need of respiratory assistance.

Of the 94 new cases, he said, 72 are “import cases” comprising Malaysians returning from Indonesia.

The remaining were local transmissions.

Noor Hisham revealed that six new cases were detected in two of the seven areas placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

They comprised five at Pusat Bandar Utara (KL North) and areas surrounding the Selayang wholesale market and one at Menara City One.

Meanwhile, 81 new cases were detected in six of the 27 Covid-19 clusters, with the biggest chunk coming from the Pesantren cluster, with 72 cases.

The remaining are four cases from the Sungai Salan madrasah in Pahang, health care workers in Sabah (two), a health care worker from Sarawak, the engineering cluster in Pahang (one) and Kg Baru flats (one).

The ministry, Noor Hisham said, had screened 6,943 students and teachers from 311 tahfiz schools and madrasahs identified. Of that number, 376 or 5.4% tested positive for Covid-19.

Noor Hisham also revealed that 33,577 from the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster — the largest one to date — had been screened, with 2,167 testing positive.

30 Covid-19 mutations

Noor Hisham went on to reveal that the ministry understood there were 30 Covid-19 mutations.

He said it detected one mutation from Case-26, which led to 120 individuals being infected.

“The new mutation is more aggressive in terms of infectivity.”

He was responding to a study by an Indian institute that the Covid-19 has mutated into 10 different types, with one of them — A2a — emerging as the dominant type across geographical regions.

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