Klang Valley’s Average Covid-19 Cases Almost Double In A Week

Malaysia reported over 50,000 Covid-19 cases in less than two months from Oct 1-Nov 27.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Klang Valley’s average daily Covid-19 cases increased by 1.8 times this week from last week to an average daily 728 infections, after six weeks of movement restrictions.

From November 14 till November 20, Klang Valley — comprising Selangor, Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur — had an average daily Covid-19 cases of 399 cases, but the number almost doubled this week to an average of 728 cases.

Despite the implementation of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Klang Valley, the country’s economic centre has still been showing an increasing trend of average daily Covid-19 cases since October 3.

Malaysia’s total average Covid-19 cases in less than two months from October 1 to November 27 was 50,694, while in just eight days, Malaysia had recorded 10,362 new Covid-19 infections.

Today, Malaysia reported 1,109 cases, bringing the cumulative Covid-19 cases to 61,861 cases. Klang Valley reported 29.6 per cent of the cumulative Covid-19 cases with 329 cases.

Out of the 329 cases reported in Klang Valley, 31 cases were from the Teratai cluster, which is linked to glove maker, Top Glove Corporation. So far, this cluster has reported a total of 4,124 positive cases from the 6,553 individuals that have been screened. This translates to a positivity rate of 63.1 per cent.

However, there has only been an addition of 27 people from yesterday who were screened from this cluster, despite its high positivity rate.

Top Glove, which has 11,215 workers, claimed during their virtual press conference earlier this week that they would test all their workers and that the screening will be completed by this week.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today at his daily press conference on Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases that the screening of individuals from this cluster is being done in stages, and will be extended to two to three weeks.

“Give us another week or so. In stages, we have screened them — those still undergoing testing,” Dr Noor Hisham said. “You cannot test everyone 11,000 in one day. You have to stretch it out in terms of two weeks or three weeks.”

MOH, however, has been slow in testing the Teratai cluster, from testing an additional 729 people on November 25, to another 20 people yesterday, to an additional 27 people today.

An additional four clusters were also reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) today. All clusters detected were workplace-related clusters. Below are the details of these clusters:

  • Jalan Tuaran cluster: Detected in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, and Tuaran in Sabah during a workplace screening.
  • Jalan Haruan cluster: Detected in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan during a factory workers screening.
  • Tapak Bina Puteh Lama cluster: Detected in Lembah Pantai Kuala Lumpur during a construction site screening.
  • Beringin cluster: Detected in Timur Laut, Barat Daya, Seberang Perai Selatan, Seberang Perai Tengah in Penang in two factory workers.

The breakdown of the 1,099 locally transmitted cases according to states is as below:

  • Sabah: 441 cases
  • Selangor: 175 cases
  • Negeri Sembilan: 167 cases
  • Kuala Lumpur: 154 cases
  • Penang: 64 cases
  • Perak: 42 cases
  • Johor: 33 cases
  • Kedah: 25 cases
  • Kelantan: five cases
  • Pahang: three cases

Two deaths were reported today bringing the death toll to 350. Out of the 11,307 active Covid-19 cases, 113 patients are being treated at the intensive care unit while 41 of them are on ventilator support.

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