Friday, September 24

Covid-19: 125 new cases, bringing cumulative total of 553 – Adham Baba

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Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 125 new positive Covid-19 cases have been reported as at noon today, bringing the cumulative total of confirmed cases to 553.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said 95 of the new cases were linked to the cluster at the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque recently.

“So far, 12 positive Covid-19 patients are being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and require the use of ventilators,” he told a press conference here today.

Dr Adham said taking into consideration the current situation, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has now entered the late containment phase.

“The late containment phase aims at controlling the Covid-19 infections from getting more serious in Malaysia,” he said.

At the same time, he said the MOH is also preparing to enter the mitigation phase with several measures have already been taken.

“Among the measures are to turn the Sungai Buloh Hospital into ‘admitting hospital’ specifically for positive Covid-19 cases, to increase the capacity and capability of its laboratories to carry out proper detection of the disease, to identify quarantine centres nationwide, and to collaborate with non-governmental organisations and private health facilities in managing Covid-19 cases,” he said.

Dr Adham also called for cooperation from all Malaysians to fight the disease by maintaining optimum hygiene standards and good cough etiquette.

“They must also avoid organising or attending any gathering involving a large number of people, while practising social distancing and postponing any overseas trip, especially to cities that have been declared as badly affected by Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, a statistics showed that Selangor recorded the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malaysia at 144, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (106), Sabah (57), Johor (52), and Negeri Sembilan (42).

Kedah recorded 31 cases, Sarawak (21), Pahang (19), Perak and Kelantan (18 each), Penang (15), Melaka (14), Perlis (8), and Terengganu and Labuan recorded four cases each. – Bernama