82 new Covid-19 cases nationwide, new cluster identified in Semporna

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, Sept 22: Malaysia recorded 82 new Covid-19 cases today, of which 72 were local transmissions and 10 imported cases.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah at a press conference in Putrajaya today revealed 60 cases were from Sabah including 41 from the Benteng Lahad Datu Cluster and six each from the Pulau Cluster and Selamat Cluster.

The ministry also announced there was a new cluster in Semporna, Sabah, identified as the Bangau-Bangau Cluster which contributed five cases to today’s tally.

The other two cases came from hospital referrals.

The remaining positive cases today came from Kedah (10), Kuala Lumpur (9), Sarawak (2) and Selangor (1).

“Of the 10 imported cases, nine were Malaysians and one an Indian citizen. The nine Malaysians had recently returned from India, while the other case was detected during a preoperative screening,” Dr Noor Hisham disclosed.

With the 82 new cases recorded today, the total number of infections in the country has reached 10,358 since the outbreak began.

MOH also revealed that 168 patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 9,563 cases.

No deaths were reported by the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), meaning the cumulative Covid-19 fatalities in the country is unchanged at 130.

Nine patients are currently being treated in Intensive Care Units including two requiring ventilator support. — DayakDaily