52 new Covid-19 cases today, 36 of them in Sabah

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry reported 52 new Covid-19 infections today, 40 of them local transmissions.

This brought the total number of Covid-19 infections to 10,219.

Sabah recorded 36 cases, including 27 from the Benteng LD cluster.

No new Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with the death toll remaining at 130, or 1.28% of total cases.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 40 people have been discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,355.

There are currently 734 active cases with 10 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and two requiring respiratory assistance.

The 12 imported cases involved three citizens and nine foreigners who had entered the country from India, Russia, Yemen, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Two of these were detected in Labuan.

In Sabah, the nine cases detected outside of the Benteng LD cluster consisted of new infections in the Selamat, Pulau and Bakat clusters as well as those detected during screenings for health workers and those undergoing operations. Such tests were also conducted at workplaces and selected communities.

Kedah recorded three cases from screenings in locked-down areas, while Penang reported one new case, related to the new Ara cluster.

Noor Hisham also gave an update on the three localities currently under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO), namely Amanjaya and Kota Setar in Kedah, and the Tawau prison and quarters in Sabah.

He said 13,591 people in Amanjaya had been screened, of which 16 have tested positive. Six hundred repeat samples were taken yesterday and are awaiting lab results.

In Kota Setar, 17,954 people have been screened, with 17 testing positive, 17,320 negative and 617 pending results.

In the Tawau prison and quarters, 6,345 people have been screened, with 426 testing positive, 4,120 testing negative and 1,799 awaiting their results.

Of these 426 positive cases, 206 involve Malaysians and 220 involve foreigners.

Noor Hisham reminded the public to continue complying with the health ministry’s advice and instruction in order to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.