COVID-19: Cases remain above 2k mark, five new clusters

THE Health Ministry has reported 2,451 COVID-19 cases and five deaths in the past 24 hours.

In a statement today, Health Ministry’s director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also said that there were 1,401 recoveries, bringing the total number of those recovered to 106,832.

“The total number of infections now stands at 133,559. Unfortunately, five people have lost their lives to the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 542,” he said.

All five who died were local men, aged between 60 and 87. They suffered from pre-existing medical conditions.

In terms of cases, Selangor recorded the highest number of infections (564), followed by Sabah (409) and Negeri Sembilan (351).

Noor Hisham announced that five new COVID-19 clusters have been detected in the nation.

“As of today, there are 581 clusters, including the five new ones. The total number of clusters that have ended are 325,” he added.

The new clusters are the Mikro cluster in Johor, the Symphony Magazine cluster (Penang), the Pasai cluster (Sarawak), the Teknologi Kesidang cluster (Melaka) and the Palut cluster (Terengganu).

On related matter, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the National Security Council (MKN) has decided to extend the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at three localities, involving prison areas and its detainees.

The affected areas are the Jelebu prison and staff quarters in Negeri Sembilan, the Johor Bahru Correctional Centre and staff quarters, and the Arena Segitiga Hall at Kota Tinggi.

The EMCO at the areas were supposed to end tomorrow but is now extended until Jan 24. – Jan 9, 2021.

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