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Covid-19 (April 7): 1,139 new cases, nearly a third in S'wak alone

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Modified 7 Apr 2021, 11:18 am

COVID-19 | The Health Ministry today reported 1,139 new Covid-19 cases of which 29 percent were reported in Sarawak alone.

The number of patients in intensive care today reached its highest point in a month, although the number of active Covid-19 cases have been steadily going down during the same time period. 

Malaysians accounted for 87.9 percent of new cases, indicative of a reducing number of Covid-19 cases being detected among industries dependent on foreign labour.

  • Active cases: 14,097
  • Patients in ICU: 194
  • Intubated: 86

States

A large number of new cases in Sarawak were from a single new cluster known as Sungai Kawi, which accounted for 119 of the 332 new cases reported in the state today. 

This cluster is the single most active cluster in the country reported today. No other cluster had more than 20 new cases. 

Sarawak is among seven territories with an R-naught number of more than 1, with the others being Labuan, Putrajaya, Pahang, Perak, Sabah, and Kelantan.

At the national level, the R-naught has reached 1.03, up from the year-low of 0.81 on March 3.

Deaths

The Health Ministry reported four more Covid-19 related deaths today, bringing the national death toll to 1,304. 

The new deaths were recorded in Kuala Lumpur (1), Sarawak (2), and Johor (1).

Those who died were aged between 61 and 87. Details of the victims are available on Malaysiakini's Covid-19 tracker site.

Clusters

The Health Ministry reported that 354 Covid-19 clusters are still active of which 64 reported new cases today.

The cluster with the most new cases (119) was the abovementioned Sungai Kawi cluster in Sarawak. No other clusters reported more than 20 new cases.

There were 10 clusters classified by the Health Ministry today.

Details of the new clusters are as follows:

Jalan Simpang Balak cluster
District(s): Hulu Langat in Selangor
Locality/Source: Private business premise at Jalan Simpang Balak, Kampung Sungai Balak, Kajang, Hulu Langat
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: March 29, targeted screening
Total infected: 20 out of 90 screened

Jalan Keretapi cluster
District(s): Klang and Kuala Selangor in Selangor
Locality/Source: A factory at Jalan Keretapi Lama, Kampung Perepat, Kapar, Klang
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: April 5, targeted screening
Total infected: 81 out of 192 screened

Sungai Kluang Empat cluster
District(s): Barat Daya, Timur Laut, Seberang Perai Utara, Seberang Perai Tengah, and Seberang Perai Selatan in Penang
Locality/Source: A factory at Hilir Sungai Kluang 4, Zon Perindustrian Bebas Bayan Lepas, Barat Daya
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: March 18, targeted screening
Total infected: 33 out of 444 screened

Jalan Padang Benggali cluster
District(s): Seberang Perai Utara in Penang
Locality/Source: A factory at Jalan Padang Benggali, Teluk Air Tawar, Butterworth, Seberang Perai Utara
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: March 28, targeted screening
Total infected: 42 out of 127 screened

Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan cluster
District(s): Beluru and Miri in Sarawak
Locality/Source: A public administrative centre at Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan, Beluru
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: March 29, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 37 out of 171 screened

Persiaran Indahpura Utama cluster
District(s): Kulai, Johor Bahru and Batu Pahat in Johor
Locality/Source: A service provider at Persiaran Indahpura Utama, Kulai
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: April 1, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 11 out of 36 screened

Sungai Kawi cluster
District(s): Meradong and Sibu in Sarawak
Locality/Source: Cases reported at Sungai Kawi, Meradong
Cluster category: Community
First case: March 31, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 127 out of 224 screened

Jalan Persiaran Putri cluster
District(s): Kulai, Kota Tinggi, Muar and Kluang in Johor
Locality/Source: Social event on March 28, 2021; index case's residence at Jalan Persiaran Sri Putri, Taman Putri Kulai, Kulai
Cluster category: Community
First case: April 6, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 15 out of 50 screened

Tembok Choh Dua cluster
District(s): Johor Bahru in Johor
Locality/Source: Detention centre at Jalan Ulu Choh-Pontian, Johor Bahru
Cluster category: Detention centre
First case: April 1, pre-hospitalisation screening
Total infected: 10 out of 155 screened

Highline cluster
District(s): Kota Tinggi in Johor
Locality/Source: Foreign vessel docked at Perairan Pengerang, Kota Tinggi
Cluster category: Imported
First case: April 5, screening upon ship sign off
Total infected: 5 out of 14 screened