New Covid-19 cluster found in Melaka

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has identified a new Covid-19 cluster in Melaka, involving three positive cases and 14 close contacts that were detected as of yesterday.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the “Novgorod” cluster was first detected when there was a third positive case following a close contact screening.

He added that the first case of this cluster was a Malaysian citizen who returned from Russia on July 5.

“The results of the Covid-19 screening at the international entrance were positive and he was later admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“The second positive case of this cluster was a companion to the first positive case. They both boarded the same flight together,” he said in his Covid-19 press conference.

Dr Noor Hisham said the third positive case of this cluster was a family member to the first positive case who was infected abroad. Fourteen close contacts related to this cluster were screened for Covid-19 and all were negative. “Investigations and active contact detection activities by the ministry are ongoing,” he said.

Meanwhile, the country recorded seven new Covid-19 positive cases, involving one local transmission and six import cases yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the six imported cases — two Malaysians and four foreigners — were tested positive upon arrival. He said the single case of local transmission is a Malaysian who was a patient under investigation of the Novgorod cluster.

The increase in new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 8,725.

There are now 83 active Covid-19 cases left being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, four were placed in the intensive care unit with three cases under ventilator support.

Similarly, one patient was discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 8,520.

No new death was recorded yesterday, as the country’s death tally remains at 122.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 793 Malaysians returned home via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2 yesterday.

Six returnees were taken to hospitals while the rest have been ordered to undergo mandatory home quarantine. The senior minister added that these individuals were from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Qatar, Myanmar, the Philippines, Taiwan, India, Laos, China and Hong Kong.

“139 individuals who entered the country via the Sultan Iskandar Building, Sultan Abu Bakar Complex, Pasir Gudang Port and Pasir Gudang ferry terminal have been ordered to undergo mandatory home quarantine.

“The police have conducted 1,178 checks on Malaysian returnees to see the level of compliance with the standard operating procedures of home quarantine and found all comply with the instructions,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that the MoH screened 17,152 individuals at the KLIA from the period of June 10 until yesterday.

Of the total, 17,080 individuals were found to be Covid-19 negative and undergoing mandatory home quarantine, while another 72 individuals who were tested positive were sent to the hospital for treatment.