New isolated cluster identified involving ship crew

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

A NEW Bunga cluster has been identified after four people were diagnosed to be Covid-19 positive on a ship at the Port Dickson Port in Negri Sembilan.

According to Health Ministry (MoH) DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s statement on Covid-19 update yesterday, the ship had a history of travelling from the Singapore port, and as many as 34 ship crew members who were on duty were screened as of Aug 28, 2020, for the sign-in and sign-off.

“While four cases were confirmed positive with Covid-19, six were negative and the remaining are still awaiting confirmation,” Dr Noor Hisham said in the statement.

He said the cluster involved two nationals and two non-locals, with four cases noted to have no symptoms and had undergone earlier quarantine at a hotel in Selangor.

“After they were confirmed positive, they were sent to Hospital Sungai Buloh, Selangor. As such, the cluster does not have any risk of infecting anyone within the community as it is an import cluster that is also isolated to the ship,” he added.

Disinfection and sterilisation has been performed for the ship, and the source of infection is currently still being investigated.

Meanwhile, two clusters namely Tawar and Telaga are also reporting an increase in numbers, with the interstate Tawar recording one new case in Kedah, summing up to a total of 74 positive cases under the cluster.

As of yesterday noon, 16,462 individuals were screened under this cluster, with 15,917 in Kedah, 534 in Pulau Pinang and 11 in Perak.

In Kedah, 63 were found positive, 12,597 confirmed to be negative with 3,257 still awaiting final confirmation, whereas in Pulau Pinang, only 11 were found positive with the remaining 523 negative.

A total of 12,553 individuals who were tested in Kedah are from areas which have to undergo a tighter Movement Control Order involving three zones namely Kenanga, Mawar and Melur at Amanjaya.

From the zones, as many as 8,084 were reported negative from Covid-19 and 4,469 still awaiting confirmation.

In Perak, 11 individuals were screened and all found to be negative.

Under the Telaga cluster, one new case has been reported in Kedah as well, increasing the number of positive cases to five under the cluster.

As of Aug31, as many as 735 individuals were screened under the cluster, with the remaining 730 confirmed to be negative, and further active case detection and screening of close contacts will continue for both of the aforementioned clusters.

This brought the total to six new cases yesterday, bringing up the number of positive cases in the nation to 9,340.

The active cases currently stand at 159, all isolated and undergoing treatment, and six of them are placed in the intensive care unit, while four requiring the ventilator.

According to the nation’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, one death was reported yesterday, totalling up the number of casualties from Covid-19 in the country to 127 cases, making up 1.36% of the total.

Yesterday, a 62-year-old with a history of diabetes and high blood pressure, who was reported on Aug 13 under the Tawar cluster, became the latest casualty of the disease.