20 new Covid-19 cases reported

19 Sep 2020 / 19:13 H.

PETALING JAYA: Twenty new Covid-19 cases were reported today, bringing the total number of active cases in the nation to 722.

Also, a new cluster has been detected in Sabah, named the Bakau cluster.

Meanwhile, one more death was reported today, bringing the death toll to 130.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 17 of today’s cases were local transmissions, while the remaining three were imported.

“Of the local transmission cases, 14 were Malaysians and three were foreigners.

“Nine of the cases were from Kedah, consisting of eight from the Sungai cluster, and one detection during a check-up of a Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (Sari) patient.

“There were eight local transmissions in Sabah, with three cases detected after they were referred to Semporna Hospital from Tawau Hospital,” he said in a statement today.

Noor Hisham said there were three cases involving clusters in Sabah, one each from the Tawau, Fort Lahad Datu, and Bakau clusters.

The remaining cases in Sabah were detected during check-ups, consisting of one Sari patient, one pre-surgery patient and one person in the Tawau community.

The latest report brings the total number of infections detected in the country to 10,164.

Meanwhile, 51 cases had recovered and were discharged today. This brings the total number of patients to have recovered to 9,316, amounting to 91.6% of the total cases.

Noor Hisham added that 12 cases were currently in intensive care units, with two needing ventilator assistance.

Noor Hisham said the death today was of an 82-year-old Malaysian who had a history of being a stroke patient.

On the topic of the new Bakau Cluster, Noor Hisham said the index case was a female Philippines national who was first reported on Sept 16. She was again reported yesterday for being the 129th Covid-19 related death in Malaysia.

“Through close-contact tracing, the Health Ministry has detected two more positive cases related to the cluster, consisting of one Malaysian and one Phillipines national.

“As of 12pm today, 109 individuals have been tested, with three testing positive (as reported above), and 106 still awaiting their results,” he said. -Bernama

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