New Covid-19 cluster found in Semporna

The Selamat Cluster comprises 2 positive cases with 116 pending screening results, says Health DG

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

A NEW Covid-19 cluster has been identified in Semporna, Sabah, after a woman who received treatment for premature birth was confirmed positive for the virus last Monday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cluster, called “Selamat” Cluster, has two positive cases with 116 pending screening results.

He added that the cluster was first detected during a screening for admission to Tawau Hospital involving a 32-year-old Malaysian woman.

“As a result of close contact screening and active case tracking carried out, the ministry detected another positive case.

“The case involves a medical officer who treated the index case. To date, 118 individuals have been screened in the cluster,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham informed that subsequently, the ministry has carried out preventive measures such as cleaning and disinfection at the identified location.

He also noted that the cause of the infection for the cluster is still under investigation.

As of yesterday, the country recorded 21 new Covid-19 positive cases involving 16 local transmissions and five import cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said of the local cases, six were detected in the Sungai Cluster and five were from the Benteng Lahad Datu Cluster.

He said the remaining local cases were detected in Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Sarawak.

The increase in new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 10,052.

There were 674 active Covid-19 cases that were being treated at health facilities nationwide as at yesterday.

Among the active cases yesterday, 13 were placed in the intensive care unit, with two of them requiring respiratory aid.

Fifteen patients were discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 9,250, which equals to 92%.

The country’s death tally remained at 128 with no new deaths recorded.

Separately, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the police arrested 584 individuals on Wednesday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

He said more than half or 292 of those arrested were related to the offense of participating in activities in pubs and nightclubs that are still listed as illegal activities during the RMCO.

“Other offences include operating premises over the stipulated hours, failure to prepare necessary equipment to record personal details, not wearing face masks, not maintaining physical distancing and entering restricted areas,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Under Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said the authorities arrested 65 undocumented migrants and seized 10 land vehicles.

He added that a total of 81 roadblocks were also conducted nationwide by the police together with the authorities from the Malaysian Border Control Agency and the Armed Forces.