Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of health, stated today that the first cluster of infections among flood victims was detected at a PPS in Bentong.
The Flood Disaster Causes Up To 429 New COVID Cases Among Victims
As of 3 p.m. Monday (Dec 27), the Health Ministry said that a total of 429 Covid-19 cases had been identified among flood victims, with 11 cases occurring at temporary evacuation centres (PPS).
Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of health, stated that the first cluster of infections among flood victims was detected at a PPS in Bentong.
“The index case for the Karak Setia cluster is a Malaysian woman who tested positive on Dec 19 through the screening of individuals with symptoms. The case started with symptoms of fever, cough, flu, and the loss of sense of smell since Dec 18," he said.
104 individuals from this cluster had been tested as of midday yesterday, he added, with 10 testings positive. Virus transmission was considered to have occurred due to interaction amongst those accommodated at the evacuation centre.
Positive individuals and close contacts of positive cases have been segregated from the other evacuees.
Source - Gempak
Dr Noor Hisham said that 99 cases of infectious disease were also identified among flood victims, including 51 cases of acute respiratory infection (ARI), 39 cases of skin disease, and nine cases of acute gastroenteritis.
Meanwhile, 2,757 new Covid-19 infections were recorded, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,743,936.
Dr Noor Hisham stated that only 40 of the new cases fell into categories three, four, and five, while the others fell into categories one and two.
“There were 2,594 local transmissions and 163 imported cases, besides 297 cases in the intensive care unit, while 169 require respiratory support," he said.
Additionally, he said that 4,620 recoveries occurred, bringing the total to 2,669,654.
Dr Noor Hisham said that seven additional Covid-19 clusters were found overnight, bringing the total to 223 and that the country’s Rt (infectivity rate) was 0.90 as of yesterday.
He also stated that Malaysia saw an 18.6 percent decrease in Covid-19 infections during the 51st epidemiological week (ME) from Dec 19 to Dec 25, from 27,698 cases in the 50th ME to 22,554 cases in the 51st ME, with the average of active cases also decreasing by 13 percent to 48,218 cases in the 51st ME.
He did, however, reveal a 15.2 percent rise in fatality cases, with 242 deaths reported in the 51st ME compared to 211 in the 50th ME, reversing a seven-week declining trend in fatality cases between the 43rd and 50th ME.
“The average number of cases requiring treatment in the ICU showed a decrease of 12% from 316 cases (50th ME) to 277 cases (51st ME).“
“The average number of cases that require respiratory assistance also showed a decrease of 10.6% from 140 cases (50th ME) to 125 cases (51st ME)," he commented.
He said that as of Dec 25, a total of 6,101 clusters had been recorded, with 223 active clusters, a decline of 11.5 percent from the 50th ME.
Source – Bernama