489 Covid-19 cases, 74 recoveries

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has reported 489 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

Today’s infections make it seven days in a row that Malaysia’s new cases have reached triple digits.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 74 recoveries, bringing the total number of those discharged to 10,501, or 75.04% of total infections.

In a Facebook post, Noor Hisham said the 489 new cases brought the total number of cases recorded in the country to 13,993.

A total of 3,351 people are still being treated. Forty of them are in the intensive care unit, with 13 requiring respiratory assistance.

No new deaths have been recorded, with the toll remaining at 141.

There were 487 local infections and only two imported cases.

Sabah recorded the most cases with 282, followed by Kedah with 153 and Selangor with 20.

Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu and Sarawak recorded fewer than 10 cases each.

Labuan, Melaka and Perlis did not report any new infections.

The two imported cases involved a Malaysian returning from India and a foreigner entering the country from the Maldives.

A total of 143 local infections today were from the Tembok cluster in Kedah in the Alor Setar prison and Pokok Sena district.

Noor Hisham said these cases have been isolated from the community as the locality is currently under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

Fifteen local cases today were individuals who had returned from Sabah. This means there are 283 cases involving Sabah returnees since Sept 20.

He also said most of the cases in Sabah were from the red zones.

Aside from the Tembok cluster, seven active clusters recorded new cases, including the Bah Sintok (14), Jalan Meru (4), Laut (2), Benteng PK (2), Selasih (2), Bah Tanjung (1) and Embun (1) clusters.

Penang recorded seven cases, with six coming from a new cluster called the Remand Prison cluster.

Meanwhile, two cases in Perak were linked to the new Bah Puchong cluster.

A few other cases were detected in Sabah, Selangor, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Pahang and Kuala Lumpur.

These were mostly detected during pre-operation screenings, although one patient was detected in a pre-wedding screening and another in a test conducted for approval to leave the country.