Covid-19: Cases pass 80,000 mark, over 400 deaths


By Emma Victoria

THERE were 1,810 new Covid-19 cases and six deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said most of the infections were in Selangor, which recorded 829 cases.

He said the new cases bring the total number of infections in the country pass the 80,000 mark to 80,309 while the six deaths pushes the death toll to 402.

There were 937 recoveries, bringing the total number of discharges to 67,173.

The number of active cases are 11,867, 867 more than yesterday.

Of the six deaths, five were in Sabah while the other was in Penang.

Sabah’s total death toll is now 233 or almost 58% of the total.

After Selangor, Sabah had the most new cases today at 532 followed by Kuala Lumpur (132), Pahang (96), Johor (69) and Negeri Sembilan (64).

Six new Covid-19 clusters were detected – the Sungai Putus and Erima clusters in Selangor, Jalan Berangan construction site cluster in Kuala Lumpur, Langkasuka cluster in Johor, Sungai Keluang cluster in Penang, and Jalan College cluster involving Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

Meanwhile, Sarawak reported one Covid-19 imported case, involving a Filipino man, who entered the state to work on an oil and gas ship in Bintulu.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said he was tested positive despite having completed a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Kuala Lumpur last month.

The man from Manila, Philippines had arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 13 and was tested negative (swab test) on the same day.

On Nov 26, he was found again tested negative and allowed to enter Sarawak.

He was again tested negative (swab test) at a private hospital when he arrived in Miri on Nov 30.

“He was released from quarantine and traveled to Bintulu on Dec 5 and stayed in a hotel.

He underwent another swab test yesterday, before signing on to the ship but the result came back positive,” the committee said.

To date, Sarawak has reported a total 1,043 cases, including 19 deaths.