Dr Noor Hisham warns of ‘worrying’ rise in sporadic Covid-19 cases in Klang Valley

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Health workers conduct a Covid-19 swab test in Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur June 5, 2021. ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Health workers conduct a Covid-19 swab test in Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur June 5, 2021. ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has issued a warning that sporadic cases of Covid-19 are still on the rise in Klang Valley.

In a statement today, Dr Noor Hisham said 69 per cent of all Covid-19 cases recorded this year were sporadic cases — cases that are detected in the “community” and cannot be associated with any existing clusters.

“From January 1 to June 19, Malaysia has recorded 578,105 cases of Covid-19. Of that number, 398,846 cases — or 69 per cent — are sporadic cases,” he said.

He said that the states and Federal Territories that accounted for the highest number of sporadic cases were Selangor with 151,725 cases (38 per cent), Kuala Lumpur with 44,517 cases (11.2 per cent) and Sarawak with 40,889 cases (10.3 per cent).

From June 13 to 19, Klang Valley recorded the highest number of sporadic cases in a week in Malaysia. The three districts which accounted for the highest number of sporadic cases were Petaling (3,905 cases), Hulu Langat (2,783 cases) and Klang (2,482 cases).

Dr Noor Hisham said that the sporadic cases are detected through screenings at workplaces or in the “community”, or through screenings of those showing symptoms of Covid-19.

“What is more worrying is that most of the sporadic cases do not show symptoms, but can still infect anyone around them who do not rightly practise standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham announced that 22 new Covid-19 clusters were recorded today.

Of these new clusters, 14 were workplace-related, seven identified as “community” clusters, and one cluster involved a “high risk group”.

Since the start of the pandemic, Malaysia has recorded 2,645 clusters in Malaysia, with 844 of them still active.

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