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Covid-19 (Nov 29): 1,309 new cases with almost 500 in KL

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Modified 29 Nov 2020, 10:54 am

COVID-19 | The Health Ministry today reported 1,309 new Covid-19 cases with almost 1,000 of them found outside of Sabah, which had been the epicentre of the pandemic during the current third wave.

East Malaysia recorded a total of 325 new cases while Peninsular Malaysia saw 984 new infections.

The bulk of the new cases in Peninsular were from Kuala Lumpur (493) and Selangor (238).

On the flip side, the Health Ministry reported 1,333 new recoveries today.

This brings the cumulative recoveries to 52,647 versus cumulative positive cases of 64,485.

Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a statement, explained that the spike in Kuala Lumpur was largely due to clusters at construction sites.

He said of the 493 new infections in KL, 473 were from the construction site clusters.

Leading indicators:

Active cases: 11,481 ↓ (27 less than the previous day)

Patients in intensive care: 116 ↓ (Two less than the previous day)

Intubated patients: 42 ↓ (One less than the previous day)

Deaths: 3 ↓ (One less than the previous day)

The three fatalities put the latest death toll at 357 people. Details of the new deaths are as follow:

Patient 41,169 (Death 355): 64-year-old Malaysian man. Died at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Perak. Had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia and chronic heart disease.

Patient 60,507 (Death 356): 89-year-old Malaysian man. Died at Hospital Tuanku Ja'afar in Negeri Sembilan. Had stomach cancer.

Patient 62,337 (Death 357): 53-year-old woman who is a non-citizen. Died at Hospital Tawau, Sabah. Had a history of diabetes.

A breakdown of the new cases by states is as follows:

Kuala Lumpur (493)
Existing cluster: 450
New clusters: 23 (Sungai Mulia construction site cluster)
Close contacts: 7
Other screenings: 13

Sabah (290)
Existing clusters: 63
New clusters: 27 (Batu Lima cluster)
Close contacts: 130
Other screenings: 71

Selangor (238)
Existing clusters: 105
New clusters: 8 (Yayasan cluster)
Close contacts: 49
Other screenings: 76

Perak (77)
Existing clusters: 71
Close contacts: 2
Other screenings: 4

Kedah (52)
Existing clusters: 50
Close contacts: 1
Other screenings: 1

Penang (46)
Existing clusters: 29
Close contacts: 6
Other screenings: 11

Johor (37)
Existing clusters: 21
Close contacts: 8
Imported: 1
Other screenings: 7

Labuan (35)
Existing clusters: 7
Other screenings: 28

Negeri Sembilan (32)
Existing clusters: 31
Close contacts: 1

Kelantan (6)
New cluster: 6 (Hilir cluster)

Pahang (1)
Close contacts: 1

Malacca (1)
Other screenings: 1

Terengganu (1)
Existing cluster: 1

Sarawak, Putrajaya and Perlis did not report any new cases today.

Noor Hisham (photo) said one cluster - Megah cluster - was declared over but four new clusters have emerged.

This means 183 out of the 359 clusters are still active. However, only 49 clusters recorded new cases today.

The new clusters are Sungai Mulia construction site in KL, Batu Lima in Sabah, Yayasan in Selangor and Hilir in Kelantan.

The Sungai Mulia construction site cluster is located in Titiwangsa. A workplace screening discovered 23 Covid-19 cases there.

The Batu Lima cluster involves the district of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The index case is Patient 50,994 who tested positive on Nov 19.

Since then, the cluster has recorded a total of 49 infections.

The Yayasan cluster involves the district of Klang in Selangor.

The index case is Patient 52,340, who was discovered through a screening of symptomatic individuals on Nov 20.

A total of 190 people were screened and 21 people have tested positive.

The Hilir cluster involves the districts of Kota Bharu, Tumpat, Bachok and Pasir Puteh in Kelantan.

The index case is Patient 58,845, who was also discovered through a screening of symptomatic individuals on Nov 24.

Following the discovery, a total of 975 people were tested with 21 turning out positive.