Malaysia records 823 new COVID-19 cases, eight deaths

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Malaysia yesterday recorded new COVID-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours in three figures, at 823 cases, with eight more deaths reported.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the cumulative number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country to 26,565, while active cases with infectivity stands at 9,202.

He said that all the new cases were local transmissions, of which 533 were in Sabah.

“This number (cases in Sabah today) shows a drop of 356 cases (40 per cent) compared with the total number of cases reported in Sabah yesterday. This is due to the number of new cases recorded from Kepayan Prison, Kota Kinabalu having decreased from 434 reported yesterday, to 67 today.

“However, this number is still high compared with other states. Efforts are being made to track down more cases throughout Sabah which now has 17 red districts,” he said in a statement on the development of COVID-19 yesterday.

He said that of the 533 cases, 160 were from clusters, including 27 from new clusters, namely Titir Cluster, Omadal Cluster, Bandaran Cluster and Jambul Cluster. A total of 270 cases were from close contact screening of COVID-19 positive cases and 103 cases from other COVID-19 screening tests.

He said that Penang recorded 97 cases, of which 96 were from clusters including two cases from a new cluster, the Bayan Cluster, and one case from close contact screening of COVID-19 positive case.

“In Selangor, there are 88 cases, with 39 cases are from clusters, including five cases from a new cluster, the Mentari Cluster, and 28 cases from close contact screening of positive COVID-19 cases and 21 cases from other COVID-19 screening tests.”

A warden meets his wife and two children. Prisons in several Malaysian states are in lockdown due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. PHOTO: BERNAMA