KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 — New Covid-19 infections have continued on its downward trend over the last several days, with 17,236 new cases reported over the last day.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a tweet detailed how one third of cases were detected in Selangor where 5,740 new infections were detected.

This was followed by Kuala Lumpur with 1,567 new cases, Kedah with 1,328 infections, Johor with 1,232, Sabah who are under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan with 1,247, and Negri Sembilan with 1,215 new infections.

Cumulatively, a total of 1,279,776 confirmed Covid-19 infections have been detected locally.

In his full statement later, Dr Noor Hisham revealed that from today’s new cases, 14,473 new infections involved locals, 2,770 involving non-locals, with 29 imported cases.

He said to date, there are 227,230 active Covid-19 cases nationwide.

Dr Noor Hisham also reported 15,187 more patients were discharged over the last day, bringing the recovery rate to 81.4 per cent with 1,041,585 recoveries to date.

He also reported 36 new clusters, 19 of which were detected in the workplace, 13 community clusters, two within detention centres, one cluster among high-risk communities and the last religious cluster.

The two largest clusters reported today are the Tapak Pembinaan Persiaran Mahkota construction site cluster in Selangor, and the Tembok Bukit Mertajam cluster in Seberang Perai, Penang.

A total of 119 positive cases have been detected from the Persiaran Mahkota cluster involving staff at the construction site from 489 people tested, while the Tembok Bukit Mertajam cluster has 114 positive cases to date from 333 people screened.

Notably, three of the community clusters reported in Kelantan today were sparked by family members visiting one another, namely the Kampung Langgar and Kampung Bukit Gading clusters in Kota Baru, and the Kampung Tok Burung Perupok cluster in Bachok.

The Kampung Langgar cluster was caused by the index case who tested positive on August 7 after exhibiting symptoms since August 3 with 11 positive cases from 21 people tested.

The index case of the Kampung Bukit Gading cluster meanwhile tested positive on August 4 after showing symptoms from August 1 with 20 positive cases from 26 people screened.

Meanwhile the Kampung Tok Burung Perupok cluster was sparked by the index case who tested positive on August 4 after showing symptoms from July 31. So far 16 people have tested positive.

Additionally, the one religious cluster, the Jalan Pinang Kluang cluster, involved individuals part of community activities within a house of worship with 19 people tested positive from 49 people screened so far.

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