Covid-19: Cases cross 70,000 mark as infections continue spreading

By S. Harrish

THERE were 1,141 new Covid-19 cases and no new deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with the new cases, the total number of cases passed the 70,000 mark.

Malaysia’a total number of cases now stands at 70,236, with 10,799 of them being active cases.

He said there were 1,144 recoveries, bringing the total number of those discharged to 59,061.

Selangor and Sabah, both registered 320 cases each, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 256 cases.

Only Malacca and Terengganu did not register any new cases today.

There are eight new Covid-19 clusters – the Muda and Galeri construction site clusters, Bukit Dalam and Jalan Genting clusters in Kuala Lumpur; Cempaka cluster in Johor; Sungai Cicin cluster involving Perak, Johor and Selangor; Huma cluster in Kelantan; and Atabara cluster in Pahang.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded one new case involving an Indonesian who entered the state illegally.

This is the second such case after the case in Serian yesterday.

This brings the total number of cases in the state to 1,067.

The case was detected when an Indonesian man from Kalimantan Indonesia went for a screening before starting work as a shop assistant in Kuching.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said that based on preliminary investigations, he is believed to have entered Sarawak illegally in the middle of November and he had been on self-quarantine with several of his friends.

SDMC said there was no data of his entry on record and there is also no record of any Covid-19 screening prior to this.

He is believed to have been infected before arriving in Sarawak.