Health D-G: One new Covid-19 cluster in Gombak found, with one new case today

Ida Lim
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia has a new Covid-19 cluster in Gombak, with a Malaysian being the latest case recorded today as part of this cluster. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — Malaysia has a new Covid-19 cluster in Gombak, with a Malaysian being the latest case recorded today as part of this cluster, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.

Dr Noor Hisham said that the addition of one case today at the Covid-19 cluster in Gombak brings the total of cases recorded here so far to five cases.

He said this new cluster involves staff at the Gombak district police headquarters, noting that this was detected via the ministry’s regular screenings.

Based on the Health Ministry’s statistics, this Gombak cluster falls under the Gombak district in Selangor and the Titiwangsa district in Kuala Lumpur, with five Malaysians recorded as having been infected with Covid-19, including one who has recovered and been discharged.

The Gombak cluster is one of three active Covid-19 clusters today in the country.

Dr Noor Hisham added that the Health Ministry continues to conduct detection of Covid-19 cases and public health activities, by isolating those who test positive for treatment at hospitals, and to also isolate and quarantine close contacts of these patients.

He said such a targeted approach appears to be successful in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

He urged Malaysians to take preventive measures as the coronavirus is present within the community.

The most important Covid-19 prevention step is to practise social distancing or maintaining distance between others, Dr Noor Hisham said.

“If we can practise social distancing, research has been done and it is proven that we can avoid infection risk by more than 60 per cent just by practising social distancing But if used in addition to wearing face masks in public places and if we frequently wash hands with soap, we can reduce the risk of infection,” he added.

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