PUTRAJAYA: Since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was lifted on 4th March 2021, Selangor had consistently recorded its daily cases less than 1,000 and today 577 infections out of 1,354 new COVID-19 cases nationwide adding the cumulative total to 323,763 with 16,279 active cases.
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, Selangor remains contributing its highest number of daily cases with 577 (42.6%) and from that 471 cases (81.6%) were from clusters and close contact screenings for COVID-19 that had been actively carried out on the ground.
Dr. Noor Hisham also mentioned about Perlis with no new case today but on March 13, it had recorded 29 cases being the highest since the pandemic started in early 2020.
“The spike in the cases was due to the active detection in the Immigration Detention Depot (DTI) Persiaran Wawasan that was announced on 7th March 2021 as a result of the screening tests carried out on illegal immigrants (PATI).
“Screening tests were carried out on 263 individuals involving 102 PATI and 161Immigation Department staff and out of which 89 were detected with positive COVID-19 (33.8%) while 173 were negative and one person not conclusive (0.4%) and will be tested again.
“From those who had been screen tested 89 were detected positive from the clusters and out of which 85 were non-citizens and four citizens. Those infected had been admitted to the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital and PKRC ILKKM for further treatment,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a statement here today.
The cause of the infection in Persiaran Wawasan DTI said Dr. NoorHisham was the possibility that it came from the PATI who had been detained or from the community. The congestion in the cells was also part of the factors that could have helped spread the COVID-19.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, 1,782 cases had been discharged bringing the cumulative total to 306,274 (94.6%) while from the new cases, 14 were imported involving 13 citizens and one non-citizen. From 1,340 local cases, 1,042 (77.8%) were involving the citizens and 298 (22.2%) non-citizens.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, from the new cases, 158 had been admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 71 needed respiratory aids. Four deaths were recorded bringing the death toll to 1,210. The deaths were all Malaysians including two from Kuala Lumpur and one each from Selangor and Sarawak.
Meanwhile three new clusters had been formed today including two at the work places one each in Johor and Selangor and one in the community located in Sarawak.
States contributing new COVID-19 cases include Selangor with 577, Sabah (39), Johor (121), Kuala Lumpur (55), Negeri Sembilan (21), Penang (154), Sarawak (178), Perak (101), Kedah (33), Melaka (4), Kelantan (26), Pahang (5), Terengganu (37), Labuan (1) and Perlis (0).
Selangor had the highest with 577 (42.6%) and out of which 471 cases (81.6%) are from clusters and close contact screening tests for COVID-19 that are being carried out on the ground. Sarawak follows with 178 cases (13.1%) and Penang with 154 (11.4%).
Sixty-four cases (4.7% ) recorded were related to the clusters in the prison involving Tapah Wall (57), Sungai Udang Wall (2), Pengkalan Chepa Wall (2), Jalan Harapan Prison (2) and Taiping Wall (1).- Malaysia World News