The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country has jumped to 847 cases after recording a fall yesterday.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said with the development in the past 24 hours, the cumulative positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia now stands at 23,804 with 8,183 active cases.
He said that from the 847 new cases, five imported cases were reported in Selangor, all of them involving non-Malaysians coming from India (four cases) and United States (one case).
“Today, Sabah still has the highest new cases with 578 (68 percent). This is the dedicated effort of health personnel in Sabah mobilised from peninsula and other parts of the state to continue conducting screening in the field.
“In other states in the Klang Valley, there was an increase of 164 cases (19.4 percent). From 164 new cases, 71 cases were from existing and new clusters,” he told a media conference on the development Covid-19 at the Health Ministry (MOH) today.
Dr Noor Hisham said 13 cases recorded today were from Remand Prison cluster, Tembok cluster and screenings at Taiping and Tapah Prisons, who were isolated and did not infect the community.
He said 11 cases were visitors who returned from Sabah, bringing the cases with a history of travelling to Sabah since Sept 20 to 465 cases.
In Negri Sembilan, 33 tahfiz pupils of a religious school in Senawang were infected.
Giving details on cases in other states, he said Selangor reported 132 cases, Negeri Sembilan (38), Federal Territories of Labuan (29), Kuala Lumpur (23), Perak (14), Penang (10), Putrajaya (four), Kedah, Melaka and Kelantan three each, Pahang (two) while Terengganu, Johor and Sarawak recorded one each.
“To date, there are 90 positive Covid-19 cases being treated at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in which 29 cases require respiratory assistance,” he said, adding that there are 486 cases of recovery.
On fatalities, he said four cases – all aged above 60 – were recorded in Sabah involving three Malaysians and a foreigner while one case involved a Malaysian in Kedah, bringing the death toll to 204.
The case in Kedah involved a 67-year-old woman who had a medical history of diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.
Of the four victims in Sabah, only one, a 78-year-old man, had a medical history of stroke while the other three had no records.