An emergency ward crew dealing with a new patient. Sporadic cases have comprised most of the new infections and deaths reported, says the health ministry. (Noor Hisham Abdullah Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry this evening said a majority of the new Covid-19 infections and related deaths were sporadic cases, and described the trend as worrying.

“Sporadic cases means that infections detected in the community cannot be traced to any existing case or clusters,” health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

He advised the public to take the matter seriously, adding that the transmission of the virus among the community occurred at the workplace and shopping malls.

Based on weekly epidemiological records, sporadic cases comprised:

52% of the 8,969 Covid-19 cases detected in the 13th week this year (March 29 to April 4);

77.7% of the 29,386 infections in the 19th week (May 10 to 16);

85.1% of the 53,419 infections reported in the 21st week (May 24 to 30); and

84.3% of the 52,040 cases reported from May 31 to June 5.

Noor Hisham said sporadic cases comprised 26 of the 35 Covid-19 deaths reported in the 13th week; 187 of the 209 deaths in the 19th week; and 559 of the 641 deaths in the 22nd week.

“There is an increase in Covid-19 related deaths that stem from sporadic cases.

“One of the reasons is due to the emergence in the community of new variants which have high infectivity and mortality rates,” he said.

South African variant found in 23 Kelantan cases

A total of 23 Covid-19 cases involving the South African variant have been detected in Kelantan so far, said state health director Dr Zaini Hussin.

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All cases recorded involved Malaysians, and the latest involved the Padang Tembak cluster and Kampung Bunut Susu, Bernama reported.

He said the public should remain at home if there are no important matters to attend to, and follow health and hygiene protocols.

Kelantan recorded a total of 270 new Covid-19 cases bringing the cumulative total to 30,142 while there are 7,596 active cases.

He said new infections in Kelantan were on the decrease.

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