Covid-19: 111 New Cases

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The Health Ministry recorded 111 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases in Malaysia to 10,687, said its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He shared the information on his Facebook page, where he wrote that the number of active cases now stands at 858. Of today’s 111 cases, 107 were local infections while the rest were imported cases involving four non-Malaysians.

Of the 107 locally-transmitted cases, 76 were Malaysians while the rest were foreigners.

There were 30 recoveries and no deaths today.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said Covid-19 samples from the Benteng cluster in Sabah have the D614G mutation found in samples taken from clusters in Kedah.

He said the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) conducted genome sequencing tests on 32 Covid-19 samples from the Benteng cluster (23 samples), PUI Sivagangga cluster (four samples), Tawar cluster (three samples), Sungai cluster (one sample) and Bukit Tiram cluster (one sample).

“As suspected, the D614G mutation was detected in all 32 samples of the virus.


“All 23 Covid-19 samples from the Benteng cluster were found to be similar but not related to the Covid-19 virus found in Kedah (PUI Sivagangga, Tawar and Sungai clusters), although all of them have the D614G mutation,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

IMR detected the D614G mutation in August, stating it was 10 times easier to infect other individuals if passed by a “super spreader”.

The health ministry first reported the Sivagangga cluster on July 28, saying it originated from a restaurant owner and permanent resident who had returned to Jitra, Kedah, from India on July 13.

The Benteng cluster, meanwhile, was detected on Sept 2 after 50 illegal immigrants were apprehended during the multi-agency monitoring of illegal smuggling routes under Ops Benteng.

Subsequent Covid-19 screenings at the Lahad Datu police headquarters found seven tested positive, with the infection then spreading to Tawau prison – some 150km away.

Dr Noor Hisham previously said the D614G mutation was likely to render any study on a vaccine to be incomplete or ineffective against it.