1,220 new Covid-19 cases, six imported

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, Dec 17: A total of 1,220 new Covid-19 cases was recorded throughout the country today, with two new clusters identified in Kuala Lumpur, and one in Sabah.

Ministry of Health (MOH) director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press statement revealed out of the new cases recorded today, six were imported, while the rest were local transmissions (1,214 cases).

“This brings the cumulative total of positive Covid-19 cases in the country to 89,133 cases, with a total of 14,671 cases still active,” he said.

Selangor reported 368 new cases, setting a new high for the state, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 297 cases, and Sabah with 184 cases.

According to the statement, other states with new cases are Melaka (98), Pulau Pinang (80), Johor (67), Perak (41), Negeri Sembilan (33), Labuan (16), Kelantan (10), Sarawak (nine), Kedah (nine), Pahang (four), Terengganu (two), and Putrajaya (two).

“Two new clusters were identified in Kuala Lumpur today, namely the Jalan Rusa Cluster involving 129 individuals, and the Tapak Bina Pasifik Cluster, involving 159 individuals. Sabah also reported one new cluster, which is the Maringkan Cluster, where 11 individuals had tested positive for Covid-19,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

Meanwhile, he revealed that 1,297 patients had recovered and were discharged from hospital today, bringing the cumulative total of recovered and discharged cases to 74,030 (83.1 per cent of total cases reported).

Currently, a total of 106 cases are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), with 53 of them requiring respiratory assistance.

“However, three deaths were also recorded today; in Sabah (two) and Johor (one), involving two Malaysian and one foreigner,” he added. — DayakDaily