By Chew Lip Song
NEW daily Covid-19 cases nationwide hit another record high today, with 869 reported, pushing the active cases to 6,886 as the cumulative cases inches closer to the 20,000 mark.
The new cases reported today include four new cases in Sarawak, all from Kuching and are close contacts of a patient from the Bah Arnab cluster. All four were confirmed positive after a second screening on the tenth of their 14-day quarantine.
Their first test returned negative, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement today.
Nationwide, four new deaths were also reported, all from Sabah, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said. This brings the total death toll to 180 in Malaysia.
Of the 869 new cases, 451 were from Sabah, the country’s current pandemic epicentre, 189 from Penang, 159 from Selangor, 38 from Kedah, 15 from Kuala Lumpur, four from Perak and three from Terengganu.
Johor and Putrajaya have two each while Negri Sembilan and Malacca one each. The total Covid-19 cases in the country now is 19,627.
Dr Noor Hisham added that 90 per cent of the new cases were from areas under lockdown, conditional movement control order (CMCO) and prisons.
A total of 302 patients have recovered today, making the total recoveries at 12,561 or a rate of 64 per cent.
As of noon today, 91 patients are being treated at the intensive care units with 30 of them requiring ventilator support.
The previous record high was 691 cases reported on Oct 6.