KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported six new Covid-19 cases at Tawau prison in Sabah today, out of which four had close contact with the index case at the Lahad Datu district police headquarters.
When the four individuals returned from the Lahad Datu district police headquarters in Sabah to Tawau prison on August 28, they had infected two other inmates at the jail.
As of September 3, a total of 336 people have been screened from the Benteng LD cluster at the Lahad Datu district police headquarters. Fourteen individuals have been detected positive with coronavirus, 123 individuals tested negative, while a total 199 individuals are still waiting for their results.
MOH reported 10 community transmitted Covid-19 cases today — six in Sabah and four in Kedah — besides four new imported cases.
Three new Covid-19 cases were reported from the Tawar cluster today, bringing the total number of individuals detected Covid-19 positive from this cluster to 78.
As of 12pm today, a total of 18,164 individuals have been screened from this cluster across Kedah, Penang and Perak. A total of 78 individuals had tested positive, 17,949 individuals tested negative, while 137 individuals are still waiting for their results. The 11 individuals that were tested in Perak turned out negative.
One new case was also reported from the Telaga cluster today. A total of 2,089 individuals have been tested from this cluster out of which, seven were reported as positive Covid-19, 1,402 individuals tested negative while 680 individuals are still waiting for their results. The individuals tested were from Kedah and Penang.
Two new cases were also detected in the Bunga cluster today, involving one Malaysian and one foreigner, bringing the total number of positive Covid-19 cases from this cluster to six cases.
A total of 55 individuals have been screened from this cluster in Negri Sembilan, Selangor, and Terengganu. Six individuals have tested positive as of today, 44 tested negative while five of them are still waiting for their results.
Four imported cases were reported today, involving two Malaysians and two foreigners who returned from Singapore (two cases in Negri Sembilan from Bunga cluster and one case in Johor) and from the Philippines (one case in Kuala Lumpur).
Earlier today, Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that from Monday onwards, the government will not allow the entry of individuals from countries which have recorded more than 150,000 positive Covid-19 cases.
Bernama reported that besides the three countries that have been previously announced — India, Indonesia and the Philippines — Malaysia has also added the United States, Brazil, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Bangladesh to the travel ban.
Ismail Sabri said unless it is an emergency or any matters involving the relationship of two countries, travellers from those nations will not be allowed unless they get permission from Malaysia’s immigration department.
MOH reported that four Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospital today, bringing the total number of recovered coronavirus patients to 9,083.
There are 163 active Covid-19 cases today, including four patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) with three of them requiring ventilator support.
The death toll from Covid-19 remains at 128 cases as no new casualties were recorded today. MOH reported that the Covid-19 death rate in Malaysia is 1.37 per cent, which is one of the lowest compared to other countries that have also recorded less than 10,000 positive Covid-19 cases.