Health Ministry says 60 Covid-19 clusters in country from Aidilfitri, Gawai festivities

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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 10 — Sixty of Malaysia’s Covid-19 clusters since May have been traced to two major festivals.

Between May 13 and today, the Ministry of Health (MoH) detected 58 clusters from Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations. The remaining two clusters were from Gawai celebrations.

In a statement today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said out of 13,023 who went for screening under the clusters, 3,511 were found positive for Covid-19.

He said 20 people have died from those festive clusters to date; another 11 are currently in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

“The states that recorded the highest number of festival clusters were Sabah with 11 clusters (18.3 per cent), Sarawak with eight clusters (13.3 per cent), and Kedah with seven clusters (11.7 per cent),” he said.

He added that the situation of increasing cases and deaths reported for this festival cluster is considered serious and worrying as it occurred in a short period of time.

“If the community is still complacent and does not take lessons and lessons from visiting and cross-state activities during the festive season, it is not impossible for the sudden increase in cases to recur in our country.

“It is the responsibility of all parties to protect the vulnerable, especially the sick parents in the hometown by not exposing them to the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection,” he added.

Today it was reported that another 73 people died from Covid-19 around the country today, raising the cumulative fatality to 3,684 since the outbreak of the disease in Malaysia last year.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that 911 Covid-19 patients have been warded in intensive care units (ICU), adding that 462 needed ventilators.

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