Covid-19: New ‘Kuarters’ cluster detected in Sandakan

Five patients have tested positive so far. They are asymptomatic and have been admitted to the hospital, says health DG


THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has identified a new Covid-19 cluster in Sandakan, Sabah, following screenings in the district after a health worker tested positive to Covid-19 on Sept 4.

The new cluster, known as the “Kuarters”, was detected in the Tongod district.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the health worker had undergone a referral screening at the time, but initially the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test showed negative to the virus.

“Screenings in the Tongod district started on Sept 6 involving the local community, including health workers at the district’s health clinic.

“Five patients have tested positive so far. All of them are Malaysians. They are asymptomatic and have been admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan for treatment,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 117 people were screened as of yesterday, with 112 still awaiting their test results.

He also noted that the source of infection for the cluster is still under investigation, while the Tongod health clinic is currently undergoing disinfection. “All patients with appointments at the clinic have been referred to the nearest neighbouring health clinic.

“Services at the Tongod health clinic will resume when the disinfection and cleaning procedures are completed,” he added.

Yesterday, the country recorded 57 Covid-19 positive cases, involving 51 local transmissions and six imported cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said of the local cases yesterday, 49 were detected in Sabah with cases from the Pulau, Selamat, Benteng LD and Kuarters clusters.

He added that the remaining cases in Sabah were three cases detected in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, two detainees at the Beaufort police headquarters and two trainers at a rehabilitation centre.

“Another case was detected at the Likas Women’s and Children’s Hospital, one Influenza-like Illness (ILI) patient tested positive at Tawau Health Clinic, a close contact screening to the 9,390th case, while referral screenings also found one case each at Lahad Datu and Tawau Hospital.

“In Selangor, one patient was detected during a pre-surgery screening, while Kedah recorded one case from the Sungai cluster,” he said in his Covid-19 statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the imported cases yesterday were from the UK, Pakistan and Zambia.

He added that three illegal immigrants from Indonesia were also found positive.

The new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 10,276. There are now 751 active cases that are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

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

Meanwhile, 40 patients were discharged, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 9,395, which equals 91.4%.

No new deaths were recorded yesterday, maintaining the country’s death tally at 130.