Sharp fall in Covid-19 cases as Health D-G reports 852 fresh infections

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Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on November 4, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on November 4, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 — Malaysia recorded 852 new Covid-19 cases since yesterday, in the first significant decline since days of remaining in the four-figure range.

According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, this was also accompanied by 825 recoveries.

The two figures brought active cases to 11,689, he said.

“From the cases recorded today, there were four deaths, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to 286,” he said in a statement today.

Out of the new positive cases, Dr Noor Hisham said 13 were imported by eight Malaysians and five foreigners who arrived from Indonesia (three), Saudi Arabia (three), Nepal (two), Morocco (one), United Arab Emirates (one), United Kingdom (one), Turkey (one) and South Korea (one).

As for local transmissions, Sabah was again the highest with 524 cases.

“Seventy cases recorded were from temporary detention centres and prisons.

“From the Sandakan Prison cluster, 34 cases, Benteng Lahad Datu cluster, 18 cases, Kepayan Prison cluster, nine cases, Seberang Perai Prison, seven cases, Rumah Merah cluster, one and Tawau temporary detention centre, one,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said out of the 524 cases in Sabah, 89 were detected from existing clusters, including 338 cases from close contact tracing screenings and 97 from other Covid-19 screenings.

Selangor registered 136 cases; 45 cases were from existing clusters while one is from the new Ikhtisas cluster, 44 were from close contact tracing, one from screening after suffering severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and 46 from other screenings.

In Negri Sembilan, out of its 104 cases, 93 were from existing clusters with seven from the new Ikhtisas cluster, eight cases were from close contact tracing screening, one was a SARI patient, and two from other Covid-19 screenings.

As for Labuan, 23 cases were detected, with two from existing clusters, one from close contact tracing screening and 20 from other Covid-19 screenings

In Penang, 18 cases were detected from existing clusters and one from close contact tracing.

In Kuala Lumpur, 11 cases were detected with one from existing clusters, six from close contact tracing and four from other Covid-19 screenings.

Other states recorded single-digit cases: (seven), Melaka (five), Kedah (three), Sarawak (two), Putrajaya (two), Johor (one), Terengganu (one) and Kelantan (two).

“As of now, 94 Covid-19 patients are in intensive care, with 32 needing ventilators,” Dr Noot Hisham said.

All four deaths today were locals from Sabah, Perak and Kedah — one man (age 66) and woman (51) from Sabah had history of chronic diseases, one man from Perak aged 62 with no history of chronic diseases and one woman from Kedah aged 62 who has history of chronic diseases who died in Penang Hospital.

*Note: A previous edition of the story contained an error which has since been corrected.

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