Covid-19: New cases in Malaysia jump further to 100

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 8): Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases saw a further increase to 100 in the 24 hours as of noon today, with 62 cases from the Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster in Sabah.

Yesterday, the health ministry reported a big rise in new cases to 62 — from six the previous day and the highest daily figure since the Recovery Movement Control Order was first implemented on June 10 — with the new Benteng LD cluster accounting for 50 cases.

The number of active cases reported today was 295, the highest since June 19 when there were 344 active cases.

Meanwhile, 12 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, out of a total of 9,559 cases reported in Malaysia since the outbreak began in early January.

Of this, seven patients are being treated in intensive care units with four requiring ventilator support, the ministry said.

The death toll remained unchanged at 128 for the eighth straight day.

Of the 100 new cases reported today, 57 involved Malaysians while the remaining 43 were foreigners.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that of the 100 new cases reported today, 85 were locally acquired while 15 were imported.

Of the 85 local cases, 55 were Malaysians and the remaining 30 were foreigners, with 62 cases detected from the Benteng LD cluster, 22 from the Sungai cluster in Kedah and the rest from the Sungai cluster in Perlis.

“Of the 15 imported cases who contracted the virus abroad, 13 are foreigners while the remaining two are Malaysians,” Noor Hisham told a media briefing.

2,010 people from Benteng LD cluster screened

From the Benteng LD cluster, some 2,010 individuals were screened in Lahad Datu and Tawau, said Noor Hisham.

A total of 431 individuals had undergone screening in Lahad Datu, of which 87 tested positive for Covid-19 and 132 tested negative, while the remaining 212 individuals are awaiting results. In Tawau, 41 people have tested positive out of the 1,579 individuals who had been screened.

As for the Sungai cluster, 479 individuals have been screened in Kedah (470), Penang (five) and Perlis (four). From this cluster, 25 individuals had tested positive in Kedah while one positive case was detected in Perlis.

From the Telaga cluster, 4,410 individuals in Kedah had been screened, of which 10 tested positive. Another 46 individuals in Penang had undergone screening but no positive cases were detected.

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