New sub-cluster identified in Rembau, DG says

On the sub-cluster, it involves the staff of a school and some localities inside the Rembau region of Pedas, Pilin, Kundur and Batu Hampar

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE Health Ministry (MoH) has identified a new sub-cluster in Rembau, Negri Sembilan, related to the tabligh event held in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur (KL), as Malaysia records 156 new Covid-19 cases yesterday.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this brings the total number of positive Covid- 19 cases in Malaysia to 4,119.

“The country also reported two new deaths, which brings the Covid-19 death toll in Malaysia to 65 cases. This translates to a fatality rate of less than 1.8%,” he said in his daily press briefing.

The 64th fatality is a 58-year-old Malaysian female with a history of diabetes and high blood pressure and was admitted to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban.

Another fatality involves a 69-year-old Pakistani male, who attended the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering. He was admitted to the KL Hospital.

Dr Noor Hisham also added that the country recorded more recoveries than new infections yesterday, in which 166 cases have recovered completely and allowed to be discharged.

“This makes the cumulative number of cases recovered completely from Covid-19 and has been discharged from the ward 1,487 cases.

“To date, 76 positive cases of Covid-19 are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Of these, 45 cases still need help with respiratory assistance,” he said.

Speaking on the sub-cluster in Rembau, Dr Noor Hisham said the cluster involves the staff of a school and some localities inside the Rembau region of Pedas, Pilin, Kundur and Batu Hampar.

He added that as of noon yesterday, there were 27 positively identified Covid-19 cases, including two cases which currently being treated in the ICU.

“This cluster is detected when the Covid-19 test results are positive for some teachers in a school. This transmission is believed to have come from a meeting held at the school.

“It was identified that the meeting was attended by the 448th case of Covid-19 who was also one of the participants of the tabligh event,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said the teachers and staff of the school have infected their family members and villagers, which have now build up to three generations of infections.

He added that investigation also found that there were family-to-family visit activities in that area, even though it was during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

Additionally, Dr Noor Hisham also added that MoH have found that of the 65 deaths in the country, so far, 60% are over the age of 60 and over 75% are cases with a history of chronic illness.

“And 60% of deaths are from the cluster of the Sri Petaling tabligh event. We are currently urging the high-risk individuals to ensure that their supply of medications is not cut off,” he said.

As of yesterday, Selangor remained the highest state of Covid-19 infection with 1,078 cases, followed by KL (685) and Johor (496).