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Covid-19 cases stay above 3,000 for second day, with a third of cases from Selangor again

KUALA LUMPUR (April 29): Malaysia saw Covid-19 cases rise to 3,332 today, from 3,142 reported yesterday, marking the second straight day new infections have breached the 3,000-case threshold.

According to a tweet by the Ministry of Health (MoH), 3,323 cases were transmitted locally while only nine were imported.

Selangor continued to report the most cases with 1,083 infections. This was followed by Sarawak (522) and Kelantan (401).

With the latest cases, overall Covid-19 infections in Malaysia have risen to 404,925.

Fifteen more Covid-19 deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 1,492 or 0.37% of overall cases. 

Meanwhile, recoveries stood at 1,943, bringing total cured cases to 375,340 or 92.69%. 

Active cases have risen to 28,093. There are 309 patients being treated in intensive care, with 147 of them on ventilators.

MoH identifies three variants of concern

The ministry has identified three coronavirus variants of concern (VOC) — namely B.1.351, B.1.1.7, and B.1.1.28(P1).

Notably, the B.1.1.7 VOC is the most prevalent, being found in 31 countries worldwide. Meanwhile, B.1.351 was reported in 21 countries, and B.1.1.28(P1) was detected in five countries.

According to a report by the News Straits Times, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said these strains of the coronavirus were of concern because of their higher infectiousness and severity, as well as the reduced efficacy of vaccines against them.

Travellers from countries with these variants are required to undergo swab tests three days prior to their departure date and obtain a negative test result, be screened for symptoms, download the MySejahtera app, and undergo a 14-day quarantine at the designated quarantine stations, among others, said the MoH.

Twelve new clusters detected

The ministry announced 12 new Covid-19 clusters today, namely four community clusters, three linked to educational institutions under the Ministry of Education, three workplace clusters, and two religious clusters.

The community clusters are Bukit Rotan, which spans Kuala Selangor, Sabak Bernam, Petaling and Klang in Selangor, as well as Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan (16 cases); Sileng Dayak, which spans Lundu and Kuching in Sarawak (72 cases); Kampung Pemanok in Machang, Kelantan (27 cases); and Raub Jaya which spans Raub, Lipis, and Bentong in Pahang (54 cases).

Meanwhile, the clusters involving educational institutions are Tabuan Jaya, which covers Kuching, Serian and Samarahan in Sarawak (22 cases); Batu Lada in Kuala Krai and Machang in Kelantan (21 cases); and Jalan Abdul Rahman Andak in Johor Bharu (12 cases).

Workplace clusters are Jalan RP Tiga in Gombak and Hulu Selangor, Selangor (46); Jalan Tiga Belas – Tiga in Petaling, Selangor (14 cases); and Jalan Adika Raja in Hulu Perak, Perak and Baling, Kedah (34 cases).

Meanwhile, the religious clusters are Kampung Parit Bunga in Tangkak, Johor (eight cases) and Jalan Pokok Assam in Larut, Matang, and Selama in Perak (14 cases).

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