Health Ministry: Malaysia records 52 new Covid-19 cases, majority from Sabah’s Benteng LD cluster

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks at a press conference in Putrajaya September 10, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks at a press conference in Putrajaya September 10, 2020. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — Malaysia has recorded 52 new Covid-19 cases today with Sabah’s Benteng Lahad Datu (Benteng LD) cluster continuing to be the overwhelming source of new infections in the country, the Health Ministry announced today.

Of the 52 new cases registered today, 40 were local transmissions with the remaining 12 imported, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

“From the 40 local transmissions recorded, 26 were Malaysians and 14 non-Malaysians.

“Malaysia’s cumulative total of positive cases now stands at 10,219. Therefore, the number of active cases with Covid-19 infectability is 734 cases,” he said in a statement here.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, 36 of the local cases were recorded in Sabah while the remaining three cases were detected in Kedah and one in Penang.

On Sabah’s 36 new cases, Dr Noor Hisham said 27 of them were from Sabah’s Benteng LD cluster, bringing the accumulative figure to 578 positive cases since the cluster first emerged on September 1.

40 patients recovered today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,355 cases, or 91.55 per cent of Covid-19 cases overall.

In addition, 10 people are undergoing treatment in intensive care and two require breathing assistance.

No new deaths were reported today as well, with the present cumulative death toll at 130.

Of the 12 imported Covid-19 cases reported, Dr Noor Hisham said eight were from India and one each from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Yemen and Russia.

On a separate matter, Dr Noor Hisham also said new cases were registered in three active Covid-19 clusters within Sabah as well.

Both the Pulau and Bakau clusters registered one new case each while the Selamat cluster recorded two new cases.

As for Kedah, Dr Noor Hisham said three of the cases were from community screenings conducted during the targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO) imposed in Kota Setar.

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