KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded 919 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the total number of cases to 43,791 in the country.
Of the new cases, Sabah recorded 319 cases (34.7 per cent), whereas Klang Valley registered 224 cases (24.4 per cent). Today, Negeri Sembilan registered 240 new Covid-19 cases (26.1 percent).
This means that Klang Valley (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) and Negeri Sembilan recorded 50.5 per cent of the total newly reported cases today at 464 infections. This is higher than the 319 cases reported in Sabah.
Covid-19 cases have been steadily rising in the Klang Valley over the past six weeks, despite a month-long Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) imposed on the country’s economic centre since October 14. The CMCO has been extended to December 6.
“If we look at Klang Valley and Negeri Sembilan, the cases keep on increasing. That is even higher than reported cases in Sabah. So we have to increase the active contact tracing measures,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press conference today.
“We are worried about the high population density and mobility rate of people who travel from one area to another area.”
The Health DG took Sabah as an example and highlighted the screening process that is being conducted on those who go out of Sabah.
“But now if we look at the red zones in Selangor, KL and Putrajaya, we are unable to control the movement of six million people in Klang Valley.”
Dr Noor Hisham also highlighted the possibility of Klang Valley people to carry the risk of transmitting the Covid-19 virus to the other green zones in different states of the country.
A few other states in Malaysia also reported new Covid-19 cases today. They are: Penang (63 cases), Labuan (35 cases), Sarawak (eight cases), Perak (six cases), Johor (eight cases), Melaka (eight cases), Kedah (three cases) and Kelantan (one case)
Of the 11,419 active cases, 92 patients are still receiving treatment in intensive care unit with 35 under ventilator support.
The death of a 66-year-old foreign national in Sabah today marked the Covid-19 death toll in the country at 303.
A new cluster, Teluk cluster, was identified in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The three index patients of this cluster tested positive in a workplace screening on November 9 and 10. A close contact screening has found a total of 30 Covid-19 cases under this cluster.