New Straits Times
2,364 CASES, 10 DEATHS
Selangor accounts for highest number of infections
MALAYSIA recorded 2,364 new Covid-19 infections, with Selangor accounting for the most number of cases over the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded 862 cases, followed by Johor (314), Perak (305), Sarawak (255), Sabah (157), Penang (155) and Kuala Lumpur (117).
Kelantan and Melaka recorded 17 cases each, followed by Terengganu (11), Pahang (eight) and Putrajaya (four).
“The new cases today (yesterday) bring the cumulative figure to 298,315, with 27,028 active cases,” he said yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said 3,320 people recovered yesterday, bringing recoveries to 270,166.
“A total of 190 patients are being treated in intensive care units, with 99 on ventilator support.”
He said the death toll rose to 1,121 after 10 fatalities were reported to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre yesterday.
The fatalities involved eight Malaysians and two non-citizens, with the eldest being an 86-yearold woman, who had a history of high blood pressure and diabetes.
She died at Sungai Buloh Hospital.
The deaths were recorded in Kuala Lumpur (six), Selangor (two), and one each in Johor and Sarawak.
The youngest to die were two non-citizens, both 45, whose remains were taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Selayang Hospital respectively.
Dr Noor Hisham said eight new clusters were recorded yesterday, with seven linked to workplaces.
Five of the workplace-linked clusters were reported in Johor, while Kelantan and Perak had one each.
Four clusters were discovered in Johor Baru and identified as the Jalan Tampoi Besi cluster, Jalan Permas Sembilan cluster, Jalan Gemilang Satu cluster and Jalan Mega Teknologi cluster.
Another new cluster in the state, the Jalan Scientex Jaya cluster, was reported in Kulai.
In Perak, the cluster was identified as Jalan Tasek Avenue (Kinta), and in Kelantan, it was Kampung Pulau Raja (Kota Baru).
A cluster linked to the community was reported in Selangau, Sarawak.
There are 485 active clusters, with 16 clusters ending yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said although Phase 1 of the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme had begun, adherence to public health restrictions and the standard operating procedures (SOP) was crucial.
He said the restrictions included international border control, implementation of SOP, Covid-19 testing and screening, close-contact detection, isolation of suspected and infected cases, as well as public health actions by agencies.
“The impact of these actions will be assessed from time to time and discussed with the government during the special session with the National Security Council.”
He said the decision to allow interstate or interdistrict travel would depend on several factors, and required a joint decision with the government.
He said among the factors that would be considered were the number of Covid-19 daily infections, trends and values of RNaught, trend of Covid-19 deaths, bed occupancy, situation of infected health workers, and laboratory and surveillance testing activities (RT-PCR and RTK Antigen).
“Public health control action is still needed while we ensure that the immunisation programme runs smoothly.
“We hope all parties, including those who have received the vaccine, will comply with the SOP until herd immunity is achieved.”