181 new cases transmitted locally, 1 imported from Philippines

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KUALA LUMPUR:- Malaysia has recorded a spike of 182 new COVID-19 cases- the highest three digit jump since the enforcement of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in June 2020.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, 181 cases were transmitted locally while only one case was imported from a non-citizen from the Philippines.

The majority of the new cases were from the Benteng Cluster (167) in Sabah while from Kedah were the Sungai Cluster and Telaga Cluster contributing 14 cases.

Dr. Noor Hisham regarded the increase in the new COVID-19 cases as a “fire ball” that has to be controlled to avoid it from burning widely.

“If the situation continues to be critical then the chances of the Ministry of Health to control the fire is slim besides there is a possibility of the transmissionof COVID-19 to increase drastically to the extent of causing many deaths like what had happened in other countries,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

The latest development of the corona virus pandemic was on Sept 8, new COVID-19 cases touched three digits at 100 while on the weekly basis the new cases had recorded two digits on Sept. 7 (62 cases); Sept.9 (24 cases); Sept.10 (45 cases) and Sept.5 (6 cases) and also six cases on Sept.6.Meanwhile 14 COVID-19 patients had been discharged bringing the cumulativetotal to 9,181 (93.6%).

However, nine positive cases are still under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with five patients needed respiratory aids.

There is no death case today bringing the cumulative total to remain at 128 or 1.30%.According to Dr. Noor Hisham the R naught (Ro) had increased to 2.34 on Sept.9 and then decreased to 1.78 on Sept.10.

On August 26, he said the Ro was 0.74 while on Sept. 8 the Ro had jumped to 1.72.Dr. Noor Hisham said the increase in the Ro had shown that the corona virus had been transmitted widely in the community. –Malaysia World


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