Covid-19: Highest death toll today, none in Sarawak

By S. Harrish

MALAYSIA registered its highest daily death toll with 207 fatalities today and record numbers in the ICU.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a record high 1,009 patients are in the ICU with 524 on ventilators.

The 207 deaths bring the number of fatalities past the 8,000 mark with the total now at 8,201.

The number of new cases is 14,516 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 1,027,954 with 165,840 active cases.

Selangor recorded the most cases with 6,508 infection, followed by Johor (1,449), Kuala Lumpur (1,425) and Kedah (1,160).

Sabah had 720 cases, Perak (590), Negeri Sembilan (452), Penang (402), Pahang (386), Malacca (373), Sarawak (356), Kelantan (346), Terengganu (245), Putrajaya (94), Labuan (8) and Perlis (2).

Meanwhile, Sarawak’s total number of cases rose to 74,342 and the death toll remains at 457 as there were no fatalities today.

Kuching had 243 cases, followed by Simunjan (31), Bintulu (17), Tatau (15), Sibu (10), Samarahan (6), Kabong (6), Saratok (6), Betong (6), Bau (5) and two cases each in Miri, Sarikei and Meradong.

Mukah, Sri Aman, Telang Usan, Beluru and Subis had one case each.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee also declared two new clusters in the state.

One involves workers of a ship which had docked in Bintulu.

Dubbed the Gom Tujuh Cluster, the ship Grade One Manjung 7, is docked in Bintulu since June 30. There are 24 cases so far in the cluster.

The other cluster involves an oil palm plantation workers’ quarters in Bintulu, which is already under EMCO.

The Jalan Tatau-Selangau Cluster in Tatau has 18 cases so far.

There are now 86 active clusters in Sarawak.