Covid-19 Kills Baby, As Cases Double In Three Days To Nearly 700

Two new Covid-19 clusters were reported — one in Taiping, Perak; and one in Sandakan, Sabah, while active coronavirus cases nationwide rise to 2,936.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — Official Covid-19 cases have doubled to 691 today within three days from 317 infections on October 3, while four new deaths were also reported today, including an infant in Semporna, Sabah.

About 57 per cent of the 691 new cases reported today, or 394 cases, came from the Tembok cluster in a prison in Alor Star, Kedah. Three cases were imported infections, while the remaining 688 cases were local transmissions.

The four new deaths today have brought Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll to 141 cases. The 140th death, Patient 12,432, was a one-year-old baby girl who was brought to the emergency and trauma department of Semporna Hospital on October 1. The infant’s condition deteriorated and she needed respiratory support. She was detected with Covid-19 and succumbed to the virus on October 5.

The 138th death from Covid-19 was a 60-year-old Malaysian man who was brought to Duchess of Kent Sandakan hospital on September 25 and upon screening he was detected with Covid-19 on September 26. His condition deteriorated and he was confirmed dead on October 4.

Death case 139 was a 60-year-old Malaysian man who received treatment in the emergency and trauma department in Semporna Hospital on September 1. He was detected with Covid-19 on September 30 and declared dead on October 4.

Another death reported involved an 85-year-old Malaysian man with a history of hypertension and mental illness. He was found unconscious on October 5 at 7am and was brought straight to Penang Hospital. He was confirmed dead on October 5 and detected with Covid-19 upon screening.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also announced two new clusters today, one in Perak and one in Sabah.

Batu Cluster in Taiping, Perak, was detected during a screening of staff of a detention camp and their family members. This cluster has detected seven Covid-19 cases so far and 860 individuals have been screened from this cluster.

A new cluster in Sandakan, Sabah — Ramai-Ramai Cluster — was detected from an index case of a bus driver who had sore throat and fever from September 27. The individual was detected with Covid-19 on October 3 and admitted to Duchess of Kent, Sandakan Hospital for treatment. Upon close contact screening, 19 other individuals were detected with Covid-19, while a total of 146 individuals are still waiting for their test results.

Out of the 691 cases reported today, 36 of them had a history of travel to Sabah which is only 5.2 per cent of the cumulative cases reported today.

These 36 cases were reported in Selangor (17 cases), Perak (one case), Negri Sembilan (seven cases), Johor (six cases), Kuala Lumpur (one case), Sarawak (one case), Penang (one case), Terengganu (one case), and Labuan (one case).

As the total number of Covid-19 cases reported today is 691 cases, the number of active cases have risen to 2,936 cases.

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