New Covid-19 cluster in Sabah as country records 21 new cases


KUCHING, Sept 17: A total of 21 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country today, with one new cluster (Selamat cluster) identified in Sabah.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a statement today, out of the 21 new cases, five were imported cases. Selangor recorded two cases involving foreigners from New Zealand while Sabah recorded three cases involving arrivals from India, Pakistan and China.

The remaining 16 new cases are local transmissions.

“The ministry would like to disclose that a new cluster was reported in Semporna, Sabah, which is the case index cluster (case number 9,969) involving a 32-year-old Malaysian. The individual was found positive for Covid-19 on September 14, during a pre-birth screening test in Tawau Hospital.

“Apart from that, as the result of close contact screening and Active Case Detection, one more new Covid-19 case was detected involving a medical officer who was treating the index case,” the ministry revealed.

As for the new local transmissions, Kedah recorded seven cases involving six Malaysian and one foreigner, while Sabah had five cases involving four Malaysians and one foreigner. Two cases were recorded in Pulau Pinang involving Malaysians, while Selangor and Sarawak had one each.

The ministry also disclosed that 15 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals today, bringing the total number of recovered and discharged cases to 9,250 (92.0 per cent of all reported cases).

“As of now, a total of 13 Covid-19 cases are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), with two of the cases requiring respiratory assistance. Zero deaths were recorded today, as the death toll remains at 128 cases (1.27 per cent of all cases),” the ministry added. — DayakDaily