COVID-19 pandemic getting worse in Malaysia

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PUTRAJAYA JAN.16: Malaysia has 4,029 new COVID-19 cases today being the highest daily record since the pandemic started early 2020 adding to the cumulative total to 155,095 with 37,126 active cases.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, 2,148 cases had been discharged and this had contributed to the cumulative total to 117,375 or 75.7% from the overall number of cases.

“From the new cases, eight were imported while 2,711 involving Malaysians and 1,310 foreigners had been infected via local transmissions,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a statement here today.

Selangor has 1,466 cases (36.4%), the state with the highest number of infections today and from that 1,161 cases (79.2%) were from the clusters and the close contact screening tests of COVID-19 carried out on the grounds. Johor had 719 cases (17.8%) and Sabah had 449 cases (11.1%).

Meanwhile 110 cases (2.7%) were related to the clusters in the lockups, immigration detention depots and prisons affecting Jalan Harapan Prison (40),Tembok Nanas (39), Tembok Gajah (15), Damai Pelangi (9), Pagar Siput (4), Tembok Kemus (2) and Pagar Bentong (1).

From the positive cases, 205 were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 79 needed respiratory aids. Eight deaths were recorded bringing the death toll to 594 cases (0.38%) from the grand total of cases.

On another development, six new clusters were formed out of which three were created at the work places.

The Senai Cyber cluster was formed at the work place referring to several localities of factories at Jalan Cyber 2, Senai Industrial Estate 3, Senai, Johor. Until 16th Jan.2021, 198 individuals had been screened tested and out of which 114 had been detected with positive COVID-19.

The Jalan Sembrong cluster is also affecting the work place at the hostel where the victims of COVID-19 live at Sembrong 3, Taman Perindustrian Sembrong, Kluang, Johor. Until 16th Jan.2021 52 had been screened tested out of which 18 cases were infected with the corona virus.

The Jalan Permata cluster in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan was also related to the work place where the cases reported had happened in Jalan Permata 1/3 Arab Malaysian Industrial Park, Nilai. Until 16th Jan.2021, 414 individuals had been screened tested and out of which 61 had been detected with positive COVID-19.

Meanwhile the Tembok Nanas cluster in Pontian, Johor had affected a detention centre. An illegal immigrant was positive COVID-19 when he was detained on 10th Jan.2021.

Following a targeted screening test, 40 illegal immigrants were found with positive COVID-19 at the Pekan Nanas Immigration Detention Depot situated at Taman Emas, Pekan Nanas, Johor. Until 16th Jan.2021, 252 individuals had been screened out of which 41 has been detected with COVID-19.

On the other hand, the Kampung Lebu cluster in Bentong and Kuantan Pahang was formed at a wedding and “tahlil” events affecting close contacts among the family members and guests of the events.

“Until 16th Jan.2021, 80 individuals had been screened tested and out of which 21 had been detected with COVID-19 in this cluster,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

The Taman Juta cluster involving the district of Hilir Perak in Perak was reported to have occurred in Taman Juta Intan, Perak. Until 16th Jan.2021, 48 individuals had been screened tested and out of which 14 cases had been detected with positive COVID-19.

The states with COVID-19 cases include Selangor 1,466 cases, Sabah (449), Kuala Lumpur (347), Johor (719), Negeri Sembilan (214) Pulau Pinang (120), Perak (54), Kedah (195), Pahang (65), Sarawak (69), Melaka (44), Labuan (17) Kelantan (141), Terengganu (80), Putrajaya (35) and Perlis (14).–Malaysia World News

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