Covid-19: Six new clusters detected, two in Selangor

Keertan Ayamany
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Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on October 22, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on October 22, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — Six new clusters were reported by the Health Ministry today, which were identified in Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Melaka.

During his daily press briefing, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said one of the new clusters identified in Sabah was named the Tinusa cluster. Another new cluster in the state, named the Sauh cluster, also has related cases in Sarawak.

The other new clusters are the Jambu and Bah Mutiara clusters in Selangor, Sofi cluster in Negri Sembilan, and Umboo cluster in Melaka.

Noor Hisham said the Tunisa, Sauh, Bah Mutiara, and Sofi clusters all started with those who tested positive for Covid-19 following screenings after showing symptoms of the disease.

The index case of the Tinusa cluster was detected on October 6, and as of 12pm today, 33 of the person’s close contacts have tested positive, with three new cases reported today.

The index case of the Sauh cluster was detected on October 13. As of 12pm today, 17 of the person’s close contacts have tested positive, with three new cases today.

On October 23 the index case of the Bah Mutiara cluster was detected. As of 12pm today, 10 of this person’s close contacts have tested positive for Covid-19, with one new case reported today.

The index case of the Sofi cluster was detected on October 20, and as of 12pm today, 34 of the person’s close contacts have tested positive for Covid-19. Thirty-three of these were detected today.

Meanwhile, the first person in the Jambu cluster was detected during a check-up before a surgery on October 16 in Sungai Buloh Hospital. As of 12pm today, 15 related cases have been detected, with six new cases today.

The Umboo cluster started with a person who tested positive for Covid-19 on October 18 after screenings at the Immigration Department depot in Alor Gajah, Melaka. Four close contacts of this person have tested positive, with one new case detected today.

Noor Hisham said that in total, there were 33 active clusters that recorded new cases today.

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