Covid-19: Eight new clusters found

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

THE Ministry of Health reported that eight new Covid-19 clusters were detected in Sabah, Labuan and Selangor yesterday.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said three clusters were recorded in Sabah, namely “Inai” detected in the Kudat region, “Basung” (Kudat) and “Tempayan” (Kota Kinabalu and Penampang).

He noted that the Inai cluster had already infected nine individuals so far, while the Basung and Tempayan clusters had recorded 19 positive individuals respectively.

Meanwhile, in Selangor, Dr Noor Hisham said four clusters were identified by the ministry namely “Long”, “Cahaya”, “Bah Kota” and “Melati” clusters.

To date, the Long cluster detected in the regions of Hulu Langat, Titiwangsa, Lembah Pantai and Kepong, and the Cahaya cluster found in the Petaling region of Selangor and Tampin in Negri Sembilan have 18 positive cases respectively.

“Whereas, the Bah Kota cluster identified in Sepang and Seremban has already infected 10 individuals so far and the Melati cluster has nine positive individuals,” he said in his Covid-19 press conference yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham also noted that another cluster was found in Labuan, “Bina Labuan” cluster, which has eight positive individuals.

As of yesterday, the country recorded 732 new Covid-19 positive cases involving 724 local transmissions and eight import cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said Sabah still recorded the highest number of cases at 535, as more Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction laboratory tests were conducted.

The increase in new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 22,957.

There were 7,827 active Covid-19 cases that were being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, 102 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 31 of them requiring respiratory aid.

580 patients were discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 14,931, which equalled to 65% of total nationwide cases.

Six new deaths from Covid-19 were recorded yesterday, bringing the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 199.

The deceased were five patients in Sabah and one in Labuan. They were aged between 27 and 71, with five of them having a history of chronic illness.

On another note, Dr Noor Hisham said the support line established by the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Service received a total of 36,269 calls and 50% of them were related to emotional support and counseling needs.

Stress and problems at work, job loss and fear of being infected by the Covid-19 pandemic have been among the most common complaints received by the support line since March 25.