Malaysia sees 82 new Covid-19 cases as Sabah reports 64 new cases

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 26): Malaysia saw a total of 82 new Covid-19 cases today, comprising 79 locally transmitted infections and three imported cases, bringing the total number of cases in Malaysia to 10,769.

The three imported cases were detected in Kuala Lumpur, involving one Yemeni, one Bangladeshi and one Filipino.

Eight cases are being treated in intensive care units, with four patients requiring respiratory assistance.

The Ministry of Health said a total of 11 cases out of the 79 local cases involved those returning from Sabah.

Total number of deaths remained at 133, as no new fatalities were reported, while 89 patients have recovered, bringing the total to 9,785 recoveries.

The number of active cases stood at 851, ending the four-day streak of increases in active cases.

No new clusters were reported today.

By state, Sabah accounted for the highest number of cases at 64 infections, followed by Kuala Lumpur (six cases), Negeri Sembilan (three cases), Selangor (two cases), Terengganu (two cases), Pahang (one case), Melaka (one case), Johor (one case), Sarawak (one case) and Labuan (one case).

A big chunk of cases in Sabah was part of the Benteng Lahad Datu (33 cases) and Bangau-Bangau (25 cases) clusters.

This brings the total number of cases under the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster to 776 cases. To date, 10,775 individuals have been screened.

A total of 159 cases have been detected in the Bangau-Bangau cluster to date, with 351 individuals screened.

“The number of cases in Sabah continues to rise, with four districts now designated as red zones after recording more than 40 Covid-19 cases over the past 14 days,” said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Given the circumstances, he said preventative and control measures need to be taken against individuals who have travelled to Sabah and therefore screening will be done on all individuals coming from Sabah at domestic and international entry points.

Lam Jian Wyn