Largest local Covid-19 cluster officially ends

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by BERNAMA

MALAYSIA’S largest Covid-19 cluster, linked to a mass religious gathering in a Sri Petaling mosque in March, has officially ended yesterday.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the cluster was first detected on March 11 and had infected 3,375 people who attended the gathering including their family members.

He added that the cluster’s first Covid-19 positive case was reported a week after the rally ended, the 131st and 136th cases.

The last case that was reported from the Sri Petaling tabligh event cluster was on June 11.

“As of July 8, 42,023 individuals have been screened, out of which 3,375 positive cases were reported, representing 38.9% of the total Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia.

“The cases for clusters and subclusters are found in seven states involving 2,550 Malaysian citizens and 825 non-citizens from 28 countries,” he said in his Covid-19 updates yesterday.

With that, he also emphasised that the country had no discrimination when authorities handling Covid-19 cases involving locals, documented or undocumented foreigners.

Dr Noor Hisham said this marks a significant day for the country, in which the cluster had officially ended after a four months battle.

“This achievement is a collective success through integrated actions in all approaches to control and prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The media has also played a key role in disseminating information and communicating risk related to this cluster nationwide,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham also declared another Covid-19 cluster which is the Kampung Sg Lui cluster officially ended yesterday.

He noted that this has resulted in 58 clusters that have ended in the country to date, which includes the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster.

As of yesterday, the country recorded only three new Covid-19 positive cases and all of them were imported cases.

The DG said all the imported cases involved Malaysians who was infected of the virus from overseas.

With that, the country recorded zero locally transmitted Covid-19 cases for the second time yesterday.

Among the active cases yesterday, two were placed in the intensive care unit, with one of them requiring respiratory aid.

The increase in new cases has brought the country’s overall total to 8,677.

Currently, there are only 70 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Whereas, five patients recovered yesterday, increasing the recovered cases to 8,486 (97.8%) as of yesterday.

No new deaths have been recorded, as the country’s death tally remains at 121.