New record high of 317 cases, infections break 12,000 mark

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry reported 317 new Covid-19 cases today, breaking the 12,000 mark for the total number of cases in the country.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brought the total number of Covid-19 infections to 12,088.

The number of new cases is the highest recorded for a single day since the global pandemic spread to Malaysia. Yesterday alone, a record 287 new Covid-19 cases were reported.

Noor Hisham also said 121 people were discharged, bringing the number of recoveries in the country to 10,216 or 84.5% of total cases.

There are currently 1,735 active cases, with 29 of them under intensive care, and four of whom need respiratory assistance.

The ministry also reported one more death, bringing the total mortalities to 137.

37-year-old diabetic is latest Covid-19 death

Noor Hisham said the latest death was a Malaysian man, aged 37, with a history of diabetes, dyslipidemia and high blood pressure.

He suffered from a fever, loss of appetite and a cough from Sept 10. On Sept 24, he had breathing difficulties and was found to be infected with Covid-19 at a screening on Sept 28. His health deteriorated until he was pronounced dead on Oct 2 at 11.44pm.

All the new cases today were local transmissions, involving 303 Malaysians and 14 foreigners. Noor Hisham said 37 patients had previously travelled to Sabah.

From screenings of Sabah returnees, new cases were reported in Kedah (2), Selangor (15), Terengganu (7), Kuala Lumpur (2), Johor (3), Sarawak (3), Penang (2), Putrajaya (2) and Negeri Sembilan (1).

Worst-hit states: Sabah (155), Kedah (102) and Selangor (32)

Sabah has the highest number of active cases with 155, followed by Kedah (102) and Selangor (32). There were also cases reported in Terengganu, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sarawak, Penang, Kelantan, Putrajaya and Negeri Sembilan.

Of the local cases, Noor Hisham said 100 cases in Sabah involving 96 Malaysians and four foreigners were recorded from symptomatic screenings.

The Bangau-Bangau cluster reported 35 new cases involving 33 Malaysians and two foreigners. This brings the total positive cases from the cluster to 347, from screenings of 616 individuals so far.

The Benteng LD cluster reported 10 new cases, all of whom are Malaysians, pushing the total number in the cluster to 934.

Three new cases were from the Laut cluster in Kunak, involving foreigners. There are now 102 confirmed Covid-19 cases from this cluster.

The Joo Hwa cluster also reported two new cases and the Buang Sayang cluster reported one new case. Both involved Malaysians.

The Tembok cluster in Kedah reported 97 cases – 93 patients are Malaysians and four are foreigners. There are 317 confirmed cases from the cluster and 2,381 people have been screened.

One case was from the Bah Ketil cluster and two were from a new cluster called the Bah Lumas cluster.

Selangor reported 32 cases in total, of which 12 were from the Jalan Meru cluster. Fifteen cases were from Sabah.

Three cases were from the new Jelok cluster and two were from close-contact screenings.