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Covid-19 (Feb 23): 2,468 new cases, over half of casualties below 65 years old

23 Feb 2021, 10:08 pagi

Updated 10 d ago

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COVID-19 | The Health Ministry reported 2,468 new Covid-19 cases as of noon today. Only four are imported from overseas.

Cases in the Klang Valley still make up most of the country's new cases (1,091 cases; 44.2 percent), but cases in Selangor (932 cases) have been in the triple-digits for the third consecutive day instead of being in the thousands like in the weeks prior.

Penang registered 155 cases today, marking the fourth consecutive day of growth in new cases.

Other states and territories that have recorded triple-digit figures are: Johor (428), Perak (308), Kuala Lumpur (155), Sarawak (133), and Negeri Sembilan (100).

Most of the new cases involve Malaysian citizens (1,549 cases; 62.9 percent).

Cases in prisons and immigration detention facilities account for 175 (7.1 percent) of the new cases, particularly the Tembok Bendera cluster (107 cases) involving a prison in Batu Gajah, Perak.

Overall, no states or territories have their case numbers in the thousands. The number of active cases and cases in intensive care has also fallen to its lowest level in weeks.

A total of 4,055 people have recovered from the infection and have been discharged today, outpacing the number of new cases.

Active cases: 30,475

Patients in ICU: 196

Intubated: 92

Deaths

The Health Ministry has reported 14 Covid-19 deaths today, bucking the three-day streak of single-digit figures.

Ten of the deaths occurred in Selangor, while the remainder occurred in Sarawak (2), Johor (1), and Sabah (1).

Their ages range from 30 to 76 years old. Eight of them are below the age of 65, including a 42-year-old in Sarawak and a 50-year-old in Selangor with no history of chronic illness.

In addition, four people were already deceased when brought to a hospital – Three in Selangor, and one in Sabah.

The total death toll now stands at 1,076.

For the record, fatal Covid-19 cases usually take two to eight weeks from the onset of symptoms to reach its outcome.

Overall, most deaths involve senior citizens, who are most susceptible to develop severe illness from Covid-19 infections.

Cases by state

Selangor (932)
Existing clusters: 135
New clusters (Jalan Damai, Subang Tiga, Jalan Serendah): 37
Close contacts: 407
Imported: 2
Other screenings: 351

Johor (428)
Existing clusters: 44
New clusters (Tapak Bina Digital Lapan, Jalan Wawasan 16, Jalan Cyber Sembilan, Jalan Tebrau Pandan): 148
Close contacts: 145
Other screenings: 91

Perak (308)
Existing clusters: 296
Close contacts: 9
Other screenings: 3

Kuala Lumpur (155)
Existing clusters: 7
New clusters (Jalan Setiawangsa, Jalan Bayam): 54
Close contacts: 30
Other screenings: 64

Penang (155)
Existing clusters: 77
Close contacts: 42
Other screenings: 36

Sarawak (133)
Existing clusters: 62
New clusters (Jalan Muhibbah): 17
Close contacts: 19
Other screenings: 35

Negeri Sembilan (100)
Existing clusters: 33
New clusters (Tapak Bina Jalan Ekar): 41
Close contacts: 21
Other screenings: 5

Kelantan (96)
Existing clusters: 55
Close contacts: 30
Other screenings: 11

Sabah (94)
Existing clusters: 17
New cluster (Taman Mawar): 15
Close contacts: 32
Other screenings: 30

Malacca (22)
Existing clusters: 6
Close contacts: 14
Other screenings: 2

Kedah (15)
Existing clusters: 4
New clusters (Jalan PKNK 3/3): 2
Close contacts: 5
Other screenings: 4

Pahang (11)
Existing clusters: 2
Close contacts: 6
Other screenings: 3

Terengganu (9)
Existing clusters: 5
Close contacts: 1
Other screenings: 3

Labuan (6)
Close contacts: 2
Imported: 2
Other screenings: 2

Putrajaya (4)
Close contacts: 4

No new cases have been reported in Perlis today.

Clusters

The Health Ministry is tracking 509 active clusters, of which 90 have recorded new cases today including 13 newly identified clusters.

Five of the new clusters are in the Klang Valley, while another four were detected in Johor.

Two of the new clusters are community clusters while the remainder are classified as workplace clusters. Both community clusters have been linked to social events.

As for the workplace clusters, most involved factories and construction sites, which are undergoing government-mandated screening for their workers.

The newly detected Tapak Bina Digital Lapan cluster saw the largest increase with 131 new cases, followed by the Tembok Bendera cluster (107 cases) and Jalan Perlabuhan cluster (95 cases).

On the other hand, eight clusters are considered closed after no new cases have been reported in the past 28 days.

Details of the new clusters are as follows:

Tapak Bina Digital Lapan cluster
District(s): Kulai and Johor Bahru, Johor
Locality/Source: Construction site at Jalan Digital 8, Taman Perindustrian Kulai
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 16, targeted screening
Total infected: 133 out of 464 screened

Jalan Wawasan 16 cluster
District(s): Batu Pahat, Johor
Locality/Source: Factory at Jalan Wawasan 16, Kawasan Perindustrian Sri Gading 2, Batu Pahat
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 18, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 7 out of 138 screened

Jalan Cyber Sembilan cluster
District(s): Kulai, Johor
Locality/Source: Factory at Jalan Cyber 9, Taman Perindustrian Senai IV, Kulai
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 20, targeted screening
Total infected: 12 out of 199 screened

Jalan Tebrau Pandan cluster
District(s): Johor Bahru, Johor
Locality/Source: Supermarket at Jalan Tebrau Pandan, Johor Bahru
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 18, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 18 out of 112 screened

Jalan Damai cluster
District(s): Klang, Selangor
Locality/Source: Factory at Jalan Damai, Kampung Batu Belah, Klang
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 23, targeted screening
Total infected: 18 out of 95 screened

Jalan Serendah cluster
District(s): Petaling, Sepang, Klang, and Gombak, Selangor
Locality/Source: Factory at Jalan Serendah, Hicom Industrial Estate, Shah Alam
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Jan 19, targeted screening
Total infected: 30 out of 1,000 screened

Subang Tiga cluster
District(s): Petaling, Selangor
Locality/Source: Factory at Jalan Subang 3, Subang Jaya Industrial Estate, Petaling
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 20, targeted screening
Total infected: 16 out of 68 screened

Jalan Setiawangsa cluster
District(s): Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Locality/Source: Supermarket at Taman Setiawangsa, Titiwangsa
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 23, targeted screening
Total infected: 51 out of 120 screened

Jalan Bayam cluster
District(s): Cheras and Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Locality/Source: Supermarket near Jalan Bayam, Cheras
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 11, targeted screening
Total infected: 13 out of 128 screened

Tapak Bina Jalan Ekar cluster
District(s): Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Locality/Source: Construction site at Jalan Ekar 1/3, Kampung Rantau, Seremban
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 9, targeted screening
Total infected: 50 out of 170 screened.

Jalan PKNK 3/3 cluster
District(s): Kuala Muda, Kedah
Locality/Source: Factory at Jalan PKNK 3/3, Kawasan Perindustrian Sungai Petani
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: Feb 16, targeted screening
Total infected: 40 out of 255 screened

Taman Mawar cluster
District(s): Sandakan, Sabah
Locality/Source: Social function at Taman Mawar, Sandakan
Cluster category: Community
First case: Feb 23, index case with symptoms
Total infected: All 15 people screened so far

Jalan Muhibbah cluster
District(s): Betong, Sarawak
Locality/Source: Social function at Jalan Muhibbah, Betong
Cluster category: Community
First case: Feb 18, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 18 out of 110 screened


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