KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 — The Health Ministry today announced four new Covid-19 clusters in Selangor, Sabah, Kedah and the federal territory of Putrajaya totalling 25 infected people.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster with the most cases is the Bah Ketil Cluster in Langkawi, Kedah with nine people infected followed by the Selasih Cluster in Putrajaya with seven cases.
The Sabah cluster is located in Tawau, dubbed the Ju Hua Cluster with five cases. The last new cluster is in Klang, dubbed the Jalan Meru cluster with four cases.
All but five of the infected are Malaysians.
“The Health Ministry takes note of Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement that inter-state travel in Sabah will be restricted from 12.01am October 3 till October 16.
“At the same time the targeted enhanced movement control order in Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna are still in effect,” said Dr Noor Hisham today during his media briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia.
The index patient in the Jalan Meru Cluster in Klang, Selangor involves a Malaysian man aged 30 who showed symptoms of an infection since September 24. He underwent Covid-19 screenings and the results came back positive on September 29.
Through close contact tracing, the Health Ministry found three more people to be Covid-19 positive.
The index patient in the Ju Hua Cluster involved a Malaysian man aged 31 who had a bout of cough on September 14 and was found positive on September 20.
“Close contact tracing revealed another four cases in this cluster,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
The Selasih cluster in Putrajaya began with a Malaysian man aged 37 who travelled to Kota Kinabalu, Melangkap and Kundasang in Sabah from September 13 to 20 and again from September 24 to 27.
He showed signs of fever on September 25 and tested positive three days later.
Close contact tracing led to six more people who tested positive for the coronavirus.
The final cluster began with a 39-year-old man who travelled to Tawau, Sabah from September 17 to 21, then started experiencing cough and joint pains on September 24. He was found positive on September 28.
The Health Ministry found eight more people who had close contact with this man to be Covid-19 positive.
The ministry said that from this eight, three were Malaysians while the rest were foreigners.
Dr Noor Hisham said while cases were increasing in mainly two states — Kedah and Sabah — the public at large needed to be vigilant in maintaining physical distancing and follow the government’s other health regulations.
He said the emergence of these new clusters are indicative of a need for tighter enforcement.
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