Covid-19 situation getting worse with 691 new cases


By S. Harrish

MALAYSIA’S Covid-19 situation is at its worst level since infections were first reported as 691 new cases were reported over the last 24 hours.

The numbers broke yesterday’s record high of 432 cases.

Four deaths were also reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 141 people.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country now has 2,936 Covid-19 patients under treatment.

Of the 691 new cases today, 688 are locally transmitted infections and three are imported cases.

He said 394 of the 688 local cases or 57 percent are from the Tembok cluster in Kedah.

It involves the Alor Setar Prison, and the area is already under targeted enhanced movement control order and the cluster was isolated from the public.

There are 219 cases in Sabah and 39 cases in Selangor.

Sarawak recorded three new positive cases, of which two are imported.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the two imported cases were in Miri and Kuching while the locally transmitted case was recorded in Sibu.

The Health ministry has also identified two new Covid-19 clusters, in Perak and Sabah.

They account for 27 of the 691 new cases.

The Batu Cluster in Taiping was detected during a screening of a detention camp’s personnel and their families, with seven of them testing positive.

The Sabah Cluster is known as the Ramai-Ramai Cluster in Sandakan.