Covid-19: 691 new cases, 4 deaths

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Malaysia Covid-19 cases Covid-19 deaths Clad in Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), two healthcare workers pushing the stretcher containing the body of a Covid-19 victim at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 21 MAY 2020
(Picture for representational purposes only) Clad in Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), two healthcare workers pushing the stretcher containing the body of a Covid-19 victim at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 21 MAY 2020

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

PUTRAJAYA – The latest Covid-19 development in Malaysia witnessed the highest daily increment with 691 new cases and four deaths.

From the number of new cases, 394 cases or 57 percent are from the Tembok Cluster in Kedah.

The state also recorded the highest new Covid-19 cases today with 397 cases followed by Sabah (219) and Selangor (38).

Two new Covid-19 clusters have also been identified today, namely the Batu Cluster in Perak and the Ramai-Ramai Cluster in Sabah.

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, from the 591 new cases, three cases were imported where the patients contracted the disease overseas involving a citizen and two non-citizens.

He said, they travelled from India (one case involving a citizen at the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur), Egypt and the Philippines involving a case in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor involving non-citizens.

“From the 688 local infections, 661 cases involved Malaysia citizens while 27 cases involved non-citizens.

“From the 688 cases, 394 cases were detected from the Tembok Cluster, a Prison in Kedah which encompassed 57 percent from the total cases today.

“All positive cases from the Tembok Cluster were isolated cluster under the Administrative Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) and in the prison. This means that they have been isolated from the community,” he said at a news conference broadcasted live from his residence as the Director-General is currently undergoing home-quarantine for 14 days after attending the National Security Council (MKN) meeting on 3 October.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri who was tested positive of Covid-19 and is currently under treatment at a hospital in Negeri Seremban.

Following that, everyone who attended the MKN meeting including Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had to observe the order issued by the Ministry of Health to undergo a mandatory self-quarantine.

Elaborating further, Noor Hisham said that as of now, 31 Covid-19 positive cases are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Meanwhile, eight cases required respiratory support.

He said, based on the latest information reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), there were four Covid-19 deaths today.

“Therefore the cumulative Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia is 141 cases or 1.04 percent from the total cases,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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