New Covid-19 clusters found in 6 states

The country recorded 935 new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday, involving 931 local transmissions and 4 import cases


THE Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday identified six new Covid-19 clusters in Sabah, Johor, Kuala Lumpur (KL), Kelantan, Penang and Kedah.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the first cluster in Sabah — namely Bot Biru cluster — was detected in the Tawau district, following a screening exercise on symptomatic individuals. Of the total, 17 individuals of the Bot Biru cluster have been infected.

Dr Noor Hisham said the second cluster known as Blok 31 was also detected in the Tawau region, with 13 positive cases detected so far.

“The third cluster, known as the Gemilang cluster, was detected in Johor Baru, involving a logistics company.

“The cluster was identified from the result of screening among Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) patients and it has 26 positive cases so far,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The fourth, the Sungai Udang cluster, was detected at a construction site in Kepong, KL, as a result of workplace screening with 11 individuals tested positive.

Dr Noor Hisham said the fifth cluster, known as the Chengal cluster, was detected in the region of Kota Bharu and Machang in Kelantan as a result of screening among SARI patients with 15 individuals tested positive.

He said the sixth cluster known as the Damar Laut cluster was found in the northeast and southwest districts in Penang and the Padang Terap district in Kedah, with 13 positive cases as a result of symptomatic screening.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 935 new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday, involving 931 local transmissions and four import cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said Sabah recorded the highest number of cases with 326 cases, followed by Selangor (161) and Negri Sembilan (158).

Other states with new cases yesterday include Perak (79), Johor (60), KL (59), Kelantan (28), Kedah (24), Penang (17), Labuan (13), Putrajaya (5), Sarawak (4) and Terengganu (1).

Meanwhile, Melaka, Perlis and Pahang did not record any new cases yesterday.

The increase in new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 60,752.

There were 11,348 active Covid-19 cases being treated at health facilities nationwide yesterday.

Among the active cases, 110 were placed in the intensive care unit, with 45 of them requiring respiratory aid.

Additionally, the country saw the highest number of recoveries yesterday with 2,555 patients recovered and discharged, bringing the total recovered cases in the country to 49,056, which equals to 80.7% of the overall cases.

Three new Covid-19 deaths were recorded, bringing the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 348.

The deceased were two women and one man, aged between 59 and 77, with one of them having a history of chronic illnesses.