Covid-19: Highest number of 1,240 new cases today, 7 in Sarawak


By Emma Victoria

MALAYSIA recorded its highest ever Covid-19 cases in a single day with 1,240 new cases while there were seven more deaths.

Health Ministry director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the number of cases in the country to 27,805 cases and the death toll now stands at 236 cases.
At the same time, he said the number of recoveries were also at an all-time high with 691 cases in a single day.

All the seven deaths were recorded in Sabah, which also registered the highest number of new cases at 927.

It was followed by Selangor at 177 cases, Penang (61) and Negeri Sembilan (25).

Sarawak reported seven new Covid-19 cases, all in Kuching.

Dr Noor Hisham said three new Covid-19 clusters were detected in Sabah, Negeri Sembilan and Perak.

They are the Kapor cluster in Kudat, Sabah; Hampar cluster in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan; and Tapah Prison cluster in Batang Padang, Perak.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said in a statement that five of the Sarawak cases were linked to the Baki Cluster.

It said the other two were local transmission cases involving a car salesman and an online businessman, both testing positive at private hospitals.

SDMC said the salesman had no travel history to high-risk areas but was having cough since Oct 24 and had gone for a swab test yesterday.

The online businessman also has no travel history to high-risk areas and tested positive yesterday.

The five cases linked to Baki Cluster, involves family members and neighbours.

Two schools -SMK Wira Penrissen in Kota Samarahan and SK Jalan Haji Baki- have been ordered to close for seven days, starting today until Nov 1, to allow deep cleaning and disinfecting works.

Earlier, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor will be extended for 14 more days until Nov 9.

He said Nilai in Negeri Sembilan will also be placed under CMCO from Wednesday until Nov 10, due to an increase in cases there.