COVID-19: 589 new cases, three deaths today

THE Health Ministry today reported 589 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths as of 12pm today.

In his daily briefing, the ministry’s director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, however, also said that Malaysia recorded 409 recoveries, the highest to date.

“Therefore, the total cases of COVID-19 in the country is at 18,129. The total recovery cases now stand at 12,014,” he said.

“With three deaths today, the total number of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 is now at 170,” he added.

Out of the 589 new cases, 586 infections were of local transmission and the rest were of foreign origins.

“Sabah recorded the highest number of cases (304), followed by Selangor (150) and Perak (50),” said Hisham.

CMCO imposed in Labuan

On related matter, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Labuan will be placed under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

The CMCO in Labuan will take effect from Oct 17 to 30.

“The standard operation procedure (SOP) used from the previous movement control order will be maintained. During CMCO, Interstate travel will be barred and inter-district restrictions on travel movement are not restricted as Labuan is an island under the Federal Territories,” he said in a live telecast earlier this afternoon.

“Workers will be allowed to be transported within the island as long as they adhere to the SOP and also for emergency cases that we require a letter from the police,” he added.

The Bera MP added that economic activities in Labuan can remain open, and people can travel through the airport provided they have police permits.

“The decision to impose the CMCO in Labuan was made by the National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” said Ismail Sabri.

He added that details on the SOP on Labuan’s CMCO will be issued tomorrow.

On Sunday, Labuan had reported a spike in COVID-19 cases following the discovery of the Bah Bundle cluster.

The island now has two known clusters, which is the Bah Bangat cluster with nine patients including a secondary school student, and the Bah Bundle cluster with five patients who are still being monitored at the isolation centre of Labuan Hospital. – Oct 15, 2020

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