PUTRAJAYA APRIL 3: Malaysia records 1,638 new COVID-19 cases today bringing the cumulative total to 349,610 with 1,449 discharged adding to the grand total to 333,892 or 95.5% with 14,432 active cases.
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, from the new cases seven were imported involving three citizens and four non-citizens with 1,631 local transmissions affecting 950 Malaysians (58.2%) and 681 foreigners (41.8%).
Dr. Noor Hisham said, from the new cases 167 were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 81 needed respiratory aids.
“Today three death cases were recorded bringing the death toll to 1,286 or 0.37%. The deaths were Malaysians with one each from Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and Sarawak,” said Dr. Noor Hisham in a statement here today.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, today Perak had the highest daily cases with 494 (30.2%) and from that 486 or 98.4% were from the Jalan Pelabuhan Cluster. This work place cluster had been announced on 20th February 2021. The index case was reported positive COVID-19 on 13th February 2021 from the screening of an individual with symptoms.
The director general added, the cluster’s name is referred to the locality of the factory workers’ hostel in Jalan Pelabuhan Utama, Manjung that are occupied by workers from several factories. On 20th March 2021, nine new cases were reported involving the factory workers and their close contacts.
“Following that a targeted screening was carried out on 1,028 factory workers at the hostel area where 486 were detected with positive COVID-19 and 70 “Inclusive” samples and 472 negative samples. Until 3th April 2021, 1,312 positive cases were reported out of 1,689 that were screened (77.7% positive).
Dr. Noor Hisham said, the workers’ hostel is still under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) with active detection being carried out on the grounds including close contacts.
Two other states that had contributed to high daily records include Selangor with 352 cases (21.5%) and Sarawak with 290 cases (17.7%).
Dr. Noor Hisham added, 15 cases (0.9%) reported were related to the clusters in the prison involving Sungai Udang Wall (6 cases), Jalan Harapan Prison (5), Mempaga Wall (3) and Telok Mas (1).
However, seven new clusters were recorded today involving four in the community affecting Sarawak, Johor, Sabah and Melaka while three had occurred at the work places namely in Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, and Sabah.
The states with COVID-19 today are Selangor with 352 cases, Sabah (72), Johor (83), Kuala Lumpur (667), Negeri Sembilan (25), Sarawak (290), Penang (92), Perak (494), Kedah (20), Melaka (20), Kelantan (64), Pahang (35), Terengganu (4), Labuan (12) and Putrajaya (7). –Malaysia World News