Covid-19: 563 new cases with 2 more deaths

By S. Harrish

THERE are 563 new Covid-19 cases in the country today, bringing the number of active cases to more than 5,000.

Health Department director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said two more deaths were also reported, bringing the death toll to 159.

The total number of cases in the country now stands at 16,220 with 5,039 people still being treated.

Ninety-eight of them are in the intensive care unit, with 29 requiring respiratory assistance.

Sabah continues to register the highest number of new cases at 291, followed by Penang at 141 cases from the Penjara Reman cluster.

Selangor recorded 69 new cases while 28 cases were registered in Kuala Lumpur.

Sarawak recorded one case, a patient with travel history to Sabah.

Dr Noor Hisham said six new clusters have been detected nationwide.

Earlier, the government announced that the conditional movement control order (CMCO) will be reimposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya for two weeks starting Oct 14.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision to reimpose the CMCO was due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in several districts such as Klang, Petaling and Gombak.

Under the CMCO, all religious, sports, education, cultural, wedding receptions and social activities are prohibited.

All schools, higher learning institutions, skills training institutes, kindergarten, nursery, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreational parks will be closed including mosques and non-Muslim houses of worship.

Only drive-through, deliveries and takeaways will be allowed at restaurants.

Inter-district travels are also not allowed but exceptions can be given to those traveling to work.