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Friday, April 9, 2021

Covid-19 (April 9): Sarawak sets new record, authorities blame social gatherings with 1,854 new cases

 


COVID-19 | The Health Ministry today reported 1,854 new Covid-19 cases amidst a record-breaking number set in Sarawak.

The Health Ministry said contributing factors included longhouse-style dwellings and gatherings such as funerals and weddings, among others. 

Malaysians made up the overwhelming majority (88.2 percent) of new cases, indicating that foreign labour-dependent industries were no longer a major source of new cases. 

Today also marked the largest daily increase in active Covid-19 cases since Feb 9.

  • Active cases: 14,805
  • Patients in ICU: 169
  • Intubated: 79

States

Sarawak today reported double the number of new cases compared to the average over the past two weeks.

Most new cases there were detected among close contacts (293 cases) of Covid-19 patients, followed by those linked to new or existing clusters.

Notably, 137 cases in Sarawak were detected through "other screenings" - an umbrella term for new Covid-19 cases not linked to existing cases.

Over in Penang (176 new cases), slightly over half were detected through "other screenings".

As of yesterday, the R-naught for the entire country was 1.00. An R-naught of more than one is undesirable.

Sarawak was among eight regions with an R-naught of 1 or more, the other being Sabah, Penang, Kelantan, Labuan, Putrajaya, Pahang and Perak.

Deaths

Among the five who were reported dead due to Covid-19 were five from Sarawak, one from Sabah and one from Kuala Lumpur. 

Two were pronounced dead upon arrival at Bintulu Hospital. The youngest victim was only 32 and died at the Ampang Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

The national Covid-19 death toll currently stood at 1,313. Details about the victims will be published on Malaysiakini's Covid-19 tracker page

Clusters

There are currently 342 active Covid-19 clusters of which 67 saw new cases today.

The cluster with the most number of new cases was the Tapak Bina Persiara Freesia cluster (67 new cases).

Notably, the Penjara Jalan Harapan cluster, which involved the Sungai Buloh jail, still saw new cases.

This cluster was classified in November last year and has spread throughout the country.

The Health Ministry today classified seven new clusters, of which six were not the result of targeted screening of workplaces.

Sungai Kluang Satu 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 1, Zon Perindustrian Bebas Bayan Lepas, Barat Daya
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: April 4, targeted screening
Total infected: 79 out of 1,769 screened

Jalan Ismail Sultan cluster
District(s): Johor Bahru in Johor
Locality/Source: Supermarket at Jalan Ismail Sultan, Gelang Patah, Johor Bahru
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: March 29, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 36 out of 138 screened

Batu Lima Jalan Sibuga cluster
District(s): Sandakan, Sabah
Locality/Source: An educational institution at Batu 5, Jalan Sibuga, Sandakan
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: March 31, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 8 out of 144 screened

Taman Bukit Pantai cluster
District(s): Lembah Pantai in Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and Petaling in Selangor
Locality/Source: An educational institution at Taman Bukit Pantai, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Cluster category: Workplace
First case: April 7, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 20 out of 74 screened

Sungai Gemuan cluster
District(s): Meradong in Sarawak
Locality/Source: Vicinity of Sungai Gemuan, Meradong
Cluster category: Community
First case: March 28, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 39 out of 260 screened

Disso cluster
District(s): Saratok in Sarawak
Locality/Source: Vicinity of Jalan Disso, Saratok
Cluster category: Community
First case: March 31, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 24 out of 208 screened

Sim-Sim cluster
District(s): Sandakan in Sabah
Locality/Source: Vicinity of Jalan Buli Sim Sim, Sandakan
Cluster category: Community
First case: April 5, index case with symptoms
Total infected: 15 out of 21 screened

- Mkini

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