Health DG: Various measures taken to curb spread in Tawar cluster

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THE Health Ministry has implemented various public health interventions, including collaboration with several agencies to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection involving the Tawar cluster.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the holistic measures were taken as the Tawar cluster had recorded 85% of positive cases in Kedah.

“Steps that are being taken include active case detection, tightening enforcement of standard operating procedures, and shutting down of schools and premises for disinfection activities.

“All these activities are ongoing in the field and the current situation of the cluster will be updated from time to time,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

To date, a total of 4,051 individuals from Kedah, Penang and Perak that are linked to the Tawar cluster have been screened. Of that number, 73 people have tested positive for the virus.

As of yesterday, Malaysia recorded six new Covid-19 cases involving five local transmissions and one import case. Dr Noor Hisham said all of the five local cases were detected in Kedah.

“Three of them were linked to the Tawar cluster, while two cases were detected at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Alor Setar,” he added.

The increase in new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall cases to 9,291.

There are now 188 active Covid-19 cases nationwide.

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

Seven patients were discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 8,978, or 96.6%. No new deaths were recorded.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 81 individuals were arrested on Tuesday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

He said of this number, 59 individuals were issued compounds, while 22 were remanded.

“The most common offences which led to their arrest included the failure to provide necessary equipment for registering customers and not wearing face masks.

“Other offences were participating in activities where physical distancing is difficult to maintain, premises operating over stipulated hours, and the arrest of undocumented immigrants,” he said in a statement.

Additionally, he said four illegal immigrants were nabbed under the “Ops Benteng”, which was conducted to control cross-border crimes and curb the spread of Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri said a total of 17,037 individuals returned to the country between July 24 and Tuesday. They are placed at 65 hotels and five public training institutes.

He said of the number, 7,419 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine and 56 taken to the hospital for treatment. The rest were discharged.