Covid-19: Malaysia identifies another nine new clusters, four in Sabah

R. Loheswar
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The Petaling District Health Clinic staff conducting Covid-19 swab tests at Pelangi Apartments October 21, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
The Petaling District Health Clinic staff conducting Covid-19 swab tests at Pelangi Apartments October 21, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) have identified another nine new Covid-19 clusters today.

Four of these clusters are in Sabah while one new cluster apiece emerged in Selangor, Penang, Sarawak, Johor and Negri Sembilan.

MOH in a statement said the total number of clusters that reported positive cases today was 34.

“MOH would like to inform everyone of nine new clusters today. There are the Titir, Omadal, Bandaran and Jambul clusters in Sabah, Bayan in Penang, Mentari in Selangor, Jernih in Negeri Sembilan, Seladah in Sarawak and Makekar cluster in Johor,” Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today.

The Titir cluster screened 23 individuals, 12 came back positive.

The Omadal cluster screened 188 individuals, of which 21 were positive and 167 negative. The Bandaran cluster screened 41 individuals, of which 12 were positive. The Jambul cluster screened 30 individuals, of which eight were positive, 20 negative and two are still waiting for their test results.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Bayan cluster in Penang, which is in North Seberang Prai, Barat Daya and Timur Laut areas, had 216 individuals screened from which six returned positive, 60 negative and 150 are waiting for their results

He said the index case for this cluster started feeling sick on October 21 and was sent to Penang Hospital for treatment.

“The cluster in Mentari involves the districts of Petaling, Klang and Gombak in Selangor, Seremban in Negri Sembilan and Kepong in Kuala Lumpur. The index case-24,349 was found positive on October 22 and was sent to Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“Close contact tracing led to another 16 cases and as of today, 93 individuals have been screened from which 17 were positive, 10 negative and 66 are still waiting for their results,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The Jernih cluster in Seremban had index cases 24,425 till 24,428 who returned from overseas on October 22 and were found positive and subsequently sent to Hospital Rembau. Close contact tracing found another 11 positive cases and as of today, 15 individuals were found to be positive while 61 more are waiting for their results.

In Kuching and Serian in Sarawak seven new cases were detected. The index case-24,448 was found positive on October 22 and sent to Hospital Umum Sarawak. As of today, seven individuals were found positive, four negative and seven more are waiting for their results.

The last new cluster called Makekar involves Johor Baru and Kulai in Johor, Kemaman, Dungun, Kuala Terengganu and Marang in Terengganu as well as Klang Valley in Selangor.

As of today, 132 individuals were screened from which 10 were found positive, 106 negative and 16 more are still waiting for their results.

Malaysia added another 823 new cases today bringing the total number of active cases to 9,202. There were also eight deaths today bringing the tally to 229 cases.

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