Sabah’s Benteng LD Cluster Infects 70 Malaysian Prisoners, Total Cases Pass 300

The Benteng LD cluster in Lahad Datu has infected 337 people so far, 250 in Tawau and 87 in Lahad Datu.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — Sabah’s Benteng LD cluster racked up 167 fresh Covid-19 cases in Tawau, involving 76 Malaysians, out of 182 new coronavirus cases reported nationwide today.

“Out of the 167 new cases, 76 are Malaysians, whereby 70 of them are prisoners and six cases involved the general public that were detected during close contact screening,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.

The balance 91 cases reported involved Philipine nationals (61 cases) and Indonesians (30 cases).

An infographic tweeted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) today showed that 161 cases reported today were from the second generation of the Benteng LD cluster that originated from the Lahad Datu district police-lock up and spread to Tawau prison, while six cases were from the third generation.

MOH has screened a total of 2,837 individuals from the Benteng LD cluster across Tawau and Lahad Datu. A total of 337 individuals have tested positive with coronavirus (250 in Tawau and 87 in Lahad Datu), 916 individuals tested negative, while 1,584 individuals are still waiting for their results.

MOH reported 182 new Covid-19 cases today, 181 community transmitted, bringing the cumulative number of cases in Malaysia so far to 9,810.

Fourteen new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kedah today from the Sungai cluster (11 cases) and the Telaga cluster (three cases).

A total of 2,170 individuals have been screened from the Sungai cluster across Kedah, Penang, and Perlis. A total of 51 individuals tested positive from this cluster, 1,536 individuals tested negative, while 583 individuals are still waiting for their results.

From the Telaga cluster, a total number of 4,766 individuals have been screened across Kedah and Penang. Sixteen of them tested positive, 4,658 tested negative while 92 individuals are still waiting for their results. All the individuals screened in Penang tested negative.

MOH also reported one imported case today, a foreigner who returned from the Philippines (case reported in Selangor).

There are currently 501 active Covid-19 cases reported, nine in the intensive care unit (ICU) including five patients on ventilator support.

Fourteen patients have recovered today bringing the total number of recovered cases to 9,181. The death toll remains at 128 as no new casualties were reported today.

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