COVID-19: 22 deaths, 13 new clusters, 5,709 discharged

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PUTRAJAYA FEB.17: Malaysia records 22 deaths today due to COVID-19 pandemic bringing the death toll to 1,005 or 0.37% with 2,998 new cases adding the cumulative total to 272,163 while 41,396 are active cases.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the death cases were Malaysians involving eight from Selangor, four in Sabah, three from Kuala Lumpur while two each in Sarawak and Perak while one each from Negeri Sembilan, Kedah and Johor.

Dr. Noor Hisham said, the deaths included a male aged 100 being the oldest from Selangor, died of high blood pressure and asthmatic while the youngest was a female aged 41 from Perak died of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

“From 2,991 cases, 1,578 (52.8%) were involving Malaysians while 1,413 (47.2%) non- citizens and they were detected with positive COVID-19 in the country while seven were imported cases affecting three citizens and four foreigners.

“Today 5,709 cases were discharged adding the cumulative total to 222,762 while 231 had been admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 115 needed respiratory aids” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a statement here today.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), today 13 new clusters had been formed including 10 at work places, two affecting the high risk groups and one in the community.

From the 10 clusters formed at the work places, four were in Selangor namely Jalan Emas Construction Site, Section One Construction Site, Jalan Rawang and Jalan Subang while the three clusters in Johor were the Jalan Perindustrian Murni, Senai Murni Empat and Jalan Persiaran Cyber.

Meanwhile, the new cluster formed at the work place in Terengganu is Pulau Rusa while the Industri Tekstil Nilai is in Negeri Sembilan, Jalan Sultan Construction Site in Kuala Lumpur while two clusters affecting the high risk groups are found in Jalan DC (Selangor) and Jalan Paya Manis (Johor) while Jan Yong cluster in Sarawak is affecting the community.

The states with new COVID-19 cases today are Selangor with 1,382, Sabah (94), Kuala Lumpur (226), Johor (436), Negeri Sembilan (233), Pulau Pinang (92), Perak (99), Sarawak (200), Kedah (36), Melaka (20), Kelantan (72), Pahang (14), Terengganu (91), Labuan (1) and Putrajaya (2).

On another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, Selangor has recorded the highest daily COVID-19 cases with 1,382 (46.1%) and out of which 1,092 cases (79.0%) are from clusters and close contact screenings of COVID-19 that are actively carried out on the grounds. Johor follows with 436 cases (14.5%) and Negeri Sembilan with 233 cases (7.8%).

Dr. Noor Hisham added, 103 cases (3.4%) were related to the clusters at the prisons and lockups involving Tembok Pengkalan Chepa (48), Tembok Bendera (22), Tembok Tapah (12), Seberang Perai Prison (7), Sungai Jelok Prison (7), Tembok Sungai Udang (4), Kepayan Prison (1), Tembok Mempaga (1) and Matambai (1). – Malaysia World News

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