Malaysia Reports Over 10,000 Covid-19 Infections In Eight Days

Health authorities only screened an extra 20 people from yesterday in the Teratai cluster, which has a 63% positivity rate.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Malaysia’s total Covid-19 cases surpassed the 60,000-mark today, reporting 10,362 new infections within just eight days.

On November 18, Malaysia’s cumulative Covid-19 cases passed the 50,000-mark, with a total number of cases of 50,390. In just eight days, fresh infections increased by over 10,000 to a total of 60,752 cases as of today.

Although Singapore reached 50,000 cases earlier than Malaysia, Singapore’s total cases however have remained below 60,000 and the island republic has been mostly reporting single-digit cases, all of which are imported. Singapore has reported zero local transmissions in more than two weeks.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) today, Malaysia reported 935 positive Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 11,348 cases.

The Teratai cluster in the Klang Valley has recorded 4,093 positive cases as of today, including 30 new infections, out of 6,526 people screened. This translates to an extremely high 63 per cent positivity rate.

MOH only screened an extra 20 people from yesterday in this cluster linked to glove manufacturer Top Glove Corporation’s factories and workers’ dormitories in Klang. Top Glove has 11,215 factory workers in Meru, Klang.

More than a third of cases today, or 34.9 per cent, were reported in Sabah with 326 cases, followed by Selangor, comprising 17.2 per cent of the total number of cases.

According to the health authorities, 11 per cent of today’s cases (103 cases) were related to prison clusters.

Today, six new clusters were reported. Details of the six new clusters reported is as below:

  • Bot Biru cluster: detected in Tawau, Sabah during a symptomatic screening.
  • Blok 31 cluster: detected in Tawau during a symptomatic screening.
  • Gemilang cluster: detected in Johor Baru, Johor, from a severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) patient.
  • Tapak Bina Sungai Udang cluster: detected in Kuala Lumpur during a workplace screening.
  • Chengal cluster: detected in Kota Bahru and Machang, Kelantan from a SARI patient.
  • Damar Laut cluster : detected in Timur Laut and Barat Laut district, Penang; and Padang Terap district in Kedah during a symptomatic screening.

The breakdown of the 931 locally transmitted Covid-19 infections is as below:

  • Sabah: 326 cases
  • Selangor: 161 cases
  • Negri Sembilan: 158 cases
  • Perak: 79 cases
  • Johor: 60 cases
  • Kuala Lumpur: 59 cases
  • Kelantan: 28 cases
  • Kedah: 24 cases
  • Penang: 17 cases
  • Labuan: 13 cases
  • Putrajaya: five cases
  • Sarawak: four cases
  • Terengganu: one case

Three Covid-19 deaths were reported today, bringing the total casualties to 348. A total of 110 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit while 45 of them are on ventilator support.

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