By Emma Victoria
THE number of new Covid-19 cases halved today compared to yesterday after five consecutive days of registering more than 1,000 cases.
Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said there were 660 Covid-19 cases today compared to 1,210 cases yesterday.
The 660 cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 50,390, with 12,814 of them being active cases.
There were four deaths in the past 24 hours – two each in Sabah and Perak. The death toll is now at 322.
He said there were 630 recoveries, bringing the total number of those discharged to 37,254.
Sabah recorded 387 cases, followed by Selangor (141) while Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan both registered 31 cases each.
Sarawak registered three new cases today.
Dr Noor Hisham said eight new Covid-19 clusters have been detected.
They are the Sabaru, Tomher and Garden clusters in Sabah; Putra-18 cluster involving Putrajaya and Selangor; Murni cluster involving Selangor and Kuala Lumpur; Seri Pasir cluster in Penang; Besi Demak cluster in Sarawak; and the Parit Kassan cluster involving Johor and Malacca.
The Besi cluster was detected in Kuching and it involves patients from Demak Laut and Batu Lintang areas.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the index case of the cluster had went for self-screening after showing Covid-19 symptoms and was tested positive on Nov 15.
SDMC said all the three cases today were linked to the Besi Cluster.
“A total of 237 close contacts of the cluster have been screened with five tested positive as of noon today while 12 are still waiting for their results.”
To date, the state had reported a total 1,045 cases, including 19 deaths.
Five other clusters remains active in the state – Baki, Seladah, Green Hill, Wisma Saberkas and Jalan Abell.