Health DG: Six new Covid-19 clusters erupt in five states

Six new clusters have developed in five states.

KUCHING, Nov 26: The Health Ministry (MOH) today announced six more Covid-19 clusters involving two each in Sabah and one each in Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and Penang.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Bot Biru cluster came from Tawau district in Sabah with 17 individuals tested positive for the virus while six of the 23 people screened were still waiting for their results.

“The Block 31 cluster involves Sabah’s Tawau district with the index case tested positive on Nov 21. As of Nov 26, a total of 26 individuals were screened, of which 13 have tested positive.

“The Gemilang cluster meanwhile, involves a logistics company in Johor Bahru. The index case has Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) and was reported positive Covid-19 on Nov 24. To date, a total of 95 individuals were screened, of which 26 tested positive,” Dr Noor Hisham said.

In Kuala Lumpur, a new cluster has been identified as Sungai Udang construction which involves workers from a site in Kepong. The index case was tested positive on Nov 22 after a screening test was made at the site. Out of 196 individuals screened, 11 were found positive from this cluster.

Over in the East Coast, MOH has identified Chengal Cluster in Kota Bharu and Machang, Kelantan. The index case who suffers from SARI was reported positive Covid-19 on Nov 21. Following that, a total of 254 individuals were screened, of which 15 were tested positive.

“Another Cluster called Damar Laut involves the northeast and southwest districts of Penang as well as Padang Terap in Kedah.

“The first five positive cases from this cluster were reported between Nov 21 and 25 from symptomatic individuals. By Nov 26, this cluster has recorded 13 positive cases out of 651,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

Malaysia has recorded 345 clusters to-date, with 173 still active while 172 has ended and closed. -DayakDaily