Malaysia Marks Record High 2,593 New Covid Cases

New customised strategies will be planned according to various localities to tackle Covid-19, says the Health DG.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 — Malaysia today reported 2,593 new Covid-19 cases, the biggest 24-hour record, as well as four new deaths from the coronavirus.

The reported cases today include four imported infected and 2,589 local transmissions.

That brings the total number of positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia to 125,438, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

So far, a total of 24,347 Covid-19 patients are still receiving treatment, including 141 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 67 under ventilator support.

Selangor reported the highest number of new cases today with 965 infections (37.2 per cent). Of these, a total of 894 cases (92.6 percent) were reported from existing clusters and identified through close screenings.

Next, Johor recorded 571 new Covid-19 cases (22.0 per cent) and Sabah at 405 cases (15.6 per cent).

The Covid-19 cases reported today in other states were in Kuala Lumpur (265 cases), Negeri Sembilan (125 cases), Penang (77 cases), Kelantan (43 cases), Kedah (42 cases), Perak (34 cases), Terengganu (19 cases), Melaka (13 cases), Pahang (11 cases), Putrajaya (nine cases), Labuan (nine cases), and Sarawak (5 cases).

“We have six strategies in place,” Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press conference today.

All of the six strategies — including border control (inter-district, inter-state and international borders), enhancing the existing health care system to reduce tension in the system, public health intervention measures such as early contact tracing, protection of vulnerable groups of people, collaboration with the public and community empowerment — have been in place to handle Covid-19 cases in the country, he said.

However, Dr Noor Hisham also emphasised that customised strategies will be implemented soon to tackle Covid-19 cases in various localities in the country.

“One size doesn’t fit all,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

The four new Covid-19 deaths reported today occured in Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Those who died, aged 50 to 73, had underlying health conditions such as dyslipidemia (fat in bthe lood), high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, obesity and gout.

Today, MOH identified 13 new Covid-19 clusters in Selangor, Johor, Sabah, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka

The Dataran Utas and Casa Permai workplace clusters were detected in Petaling district in Selangor. As of today, a total of 196 individuals have been screened, of which 66 cases have been positively detected in the Dataran Utas cluster.

In the Casa Permai cluster, a total of 650 individuals have been screened and 109 cases have positively detected.

The Medan Jasa cluster involved Petaling district in Selangor, Kuala Kangsar district in Perak; and Lembah Pantai district in Kuala Lumpur. The index case for this cluster was detected through a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) screening. So far, this cluster has 64 cases.

Besides that, four workplace clusters have been detected in Johor. The Firma and Jalan Padu cluster in Johor Bahru district, Persiaran Teknologi cluster in Kulai district, Bersepadu cluster in Kota Tinggi district, have recorded 108 new Covid-19 cases.

Another three workplace clusters in Kuala Lumpur — the Ikan Emas, Kayuh and Jalan Seputeh clusters — involved Cheras, Pantai Dalam and Titiwangsa districts. These three clusters have recorded 64 Covid-19 cases in total.

The Anak Air cluster in Melaka, Kampung Pitas cluster in Sabah, and Tasik Utama cluster in Negeri Sembilan as well as Selangor have recorded 135 new Covid-19 cases.

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