Malaysia Hits Highest Record Of COVID-19 Cases Since June At 62 New Cases
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has recorded 62 new COVID-19 cases today, 7 September, with majority of the cases being local transmissions
Out of the new cases, 56 were locally transmitted while six were imported - from Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Indonesia.
All imported cases have been admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital.
According to the MOH's official Twitter account, most of the local transmissions involve the Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster in Sabah with 50 new cases.
Meanwhile, a new cluster has been reported in Kedah, called the Sungai cluster, with its index case being a healthcare professional.
The Benteng LD cluster started at a Tawau prison in Sabah, with its index cases being two illegal immigrants detained at a police lock-up
The cases were screened and tested positive on 31 August. They are currently being treated in Lahad Datu Hospital and active case detection was initiated.
In a matter of a week, 1,404 people from the Lahad Datu police headquarters as well as Tawau prison have been screened. 66 individuals from that number tested positive.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 64 of them are inmates while two more involved a prison guard and his nephew.
"A total of 631 inmates, 98 prison staff, 157 family members, 78 police officers, and 440 government agency officers have been screened with a positivity rate of 4.7%," he said.
He added that the crowded condition of the lock-up had allowed the infection to spread rapidly.
With the latest cases, Malaysia's total COVID-19 infections rose to 9,459
No new deaths were recorded today, leaving the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities at 128, or 1.36%, of total cases.
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