New Covid-19 cases in Malaysia fall to 1,196 after setting new high day before

Infographic showing the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia as at December 27, 2020. Source: Ministry of Health Malaysia

By Adrian Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27: Malaysia reported 1,196 new Covid-19 cases comprising 1,191 cases of local transmission and five imported cases, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The number of new cases fell from a record high of 2,335 cases reported yesterday.

With this, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has increased to 105,096.

MoH also revealed there was one fatality involving a 71-year-old male citizen in Sabah.

Selangor continues to top the list of the highest number of new cases with 392 cases followed by Kuala Lumpur with 202 cases and Johor with 194 cases.

MoH disclosed 52 cases or 4.3 per cent of the reported new cases were linked to lockups and prisons, namely the Pagar Siput Cluster (15 cases), Tembok Gajah Cluster (14), Jalan Harapan Prison Cluster (13), Tembok Cluster (8), Hala Mutiara Cluster (one) and Sandakan Prison Cluster (one).

A new cluster, Jalan Sedco Cluster, was also identified and involves the Tawau and Kalabakan districts in Sabah.

MoH noted the index case, Case 92,107, tested positive on December 20 through screening of symptomatic individuals at workplaces.

“Until Dec 27, a total of 26 individuals have been screened whereby 14 cases have been identified as Covid-19 positive in this cluster,” said MoH director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.

Meanwhile, a total of 997 patients were reported as recovered and were allowed to be discharged from hospitals.

This brings the total number of recoveries to 84,411 cases or 80.3 per cent of overall positive cases.

MoH added there are a total of 20,233 active Covid-19 cases.

From this number, 111 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and 50 patients require ventilator support. — DayakDaily