Covid-19: New cases at four digits, deaths at two digits

By S. Harrish

MALAYSIA recorded 11 Covid-19 deaths today, bringing the death toll in the country to 376.

The Health Ministry said all the 11 deaths involved Malaysians from various states, aged between 50 and 81.

It said the number of new infections also rose to four digits again today with 1,075 new cases being recorded.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brought the total number of infections to 69,095, with 10,802 being active cases.

He said there were 948 recoveries today, bringing the total number of those discharged to 57,917.

Selangor recorded the highest number of cases today with 459, followed by Sabah (310) and Johor (78).

Most of the Selangor cases are from existing clusters, including the newly identified Monsoon cluster.

He said 48 of today’s cases came from prison clusters, mostly from the Jalan Harapan cluster in Selangor with 41 infections.

Only Putrajaya and Perlis did not record any new cases today.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded one new Covid-19 case today, involving a local transmission in Serian.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said this brought the total number of cases in the state to 1,066.

The new case also turned Serian district into a yellow zone.

The case involves an Indonesian man who went for a screening before starting work at an oil palm plantation in Serian.

SDMC said the man had returned to Kalimantan and re-entered the state in early October.

There are still six active clusters in the state – the Besi cluster, Baki cluster, Seladah cluster, Green Hill cluster, Wisma Saberkas cluster and Jalan Abell cluster.