Covid-19: New cases double nationwide, six in Kuching family infected

By Emma Victoria

THE number of new Covid-19 cases in the country has again gone into four digits with 1,290 cases being reported today.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases bring the nation’s tally to 51,680 cases with 13,222 of them being active cases.

He said there were four deaths today and the death toll now stands at 326.

Sabah recorded the highest number of cases with 660, followed by Selangor (407), Kuala Lumpur (72), Perak (48) and Negeri Sembilan (32).

There were 838 recoveries today, bringing the total discharges to 39,092 or 73.7%.

Dr Noor Hisham said four new clusters were identified today.

There are the Kapas BJ in Selangor, Prestij in Kuala Lumpur, Bah Bercham in Perak and Kiambang in Johor.

Meanwhile, Sarawak reported eight new cases today, including six from a family.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement said the six patients, aged between two and 56 years old, were all linked to the Besi cluster in Kuching.

All the patients live together and are close contacts of two confirmed cases – who are also their relatives.

The other two cases were reported in Miri.

One is an imported case involving a male student in Miri, who returned from Kuala Lumpur and tested positive during his 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The other involves a local woman in Miri, who is a close contact of a confirmed case.

To date, Sarawak has reported a total of 1,053 Covid-19 cases, including 19 deaths.