With Nearly 2,200 New Infections, Malaysia Surpasses Singapore’s Total Covid-19 Cases

The Teratai cluster has reported 4,036 positive cases as of today, at a 70% positivity rate out of 5,777 people tested so far.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported 2,188 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total case tally in Malaysia to 58,847.

Today’s record-high increase within 24 hours means Malaysia has exceeded Singapore’s total Covid-19 cases that have been reported so far. As of today, Singapore reported a total of 58,183 Covid-19 cases, with zero local transmissions recorded for more than a week.

Malaysia has the fourth-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the Asean region at 58,847 total infections, behind Indonesia (506,302 cases), the Philippines (421,722 cases), and Myanmar (80,505).

According to MOH, Selangor recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases today at 1,623 infections, or 74.2 per cent of today’s new cases, followed by 232 cases in Sabah and 112 cases in Perak. 

A total of 1,511 cases, or 93.1 per cent of cases in Selangor, belong to the Teratai cluster across six districts in Selangor: Klang, Kuala Selangor, Petaling, Hulu Langat, Gombak, and Hulu Selangor, as well as Kepong and Cheras in Kuala Lumpur. 

According to MOH, the Teratai cluster has reported 4,036 positive cases (3,846 foreigners and 190 Malaysians) as of today, out of 5,777 people screened, leading to an extremely high positivity rate of about 70 per cent. This means that there are likely many more infected people who have yet to be tested. MOH has said it plans to screen 13,000 Top Glove workers. 

Yesterday, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 71 Covid-19 cases in the Teratai cluster were close contact infections, while 164 cases involved Malaysian workers who may be living in their own homes, not in workers’ dormitories.  

The Teratai cluster in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur is linked to factories operated by Top Glove Corp Bhd, the world’s biggest glove maker. Top Glove has been supplying disposable gloves to countries globally during the Covid-19 pandemic.

So far, Malaysia has recorded 12,079 Covid-19 cases from clusters related to the workplace. The Teratai cluster (4,036 total cases), Damanlela construction cluster (1,539 total cases), Cergas cluster (1,337 total cases), Hentian cluster (1,101 total cases) and Kaya cluster (900 total cases) have been identified as the top five active workplace clusters in the country, with all five related to Klang Valley.  

The breakdown of Malaysia’s new 2,188 Covid-19 cases, all locally transmitted, according to states are as below:

  • Selangor: 1,623 cases
  • Sabah: 232 cases
  • Perak: 112 cases
  • Kuala Lumpur: 90 cases
  • Negeri Sembilan : 73 cases
  • Johor: 19 cases
  • Penang: 15 cases
  • Kedah: 14 cases
  • Kelantan: six cases
  • Melaka: two cases
  • Labuan: one case
  • Sarawak: one case

Malaysia also recorded four new deaths related to Covid-19 today: three in Sabah and one in Penang. That brings the Covid-19 deaths in the country to 341. 

Of the 14,353 active patients, 112 are being treated in intensive care unit with 49 under ventilator support.

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