Health Ministry: Three new Covid-19 clusters in Selangor, Perak and Kedah

A health worker inside a protective chamber collects swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Sunway Medical Centre in Subang Jaya October 15, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
A health worker inside a protective chamber collects swab samples to test for Covid-19 at the Sunway Medical Centre in Subang Jaya October 15, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 — The Health Ministry today pinpointed three new Covid-19 clusters located one each in Selangor, Perak and Kedah.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the new clusters are called the Merbok cluster in Selangor, Lekir cluster in Perak and Buntar cluster in Kedah.

“Sources of the new clusters are still under investigation,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a news briefing.

In Selangor, the index patient for the new Merbok cluster which involves Kuala Langat, Klang, Kuala Selangor and Petaling districts, was confirmed to be a case detected during screenings on October 9 and was admitted to Hospital Sungai Buloh.

Close contact screenings resulted in eight new cases being detected.

As of 12pm today, 270 individuals in the cluster were screened, with nine cases confirmed positive and 261 others still waiting for results.

The Lekir cluster’s origin in Perak was confirmed to be a Covid-19 positive case that was discovered through screenings done on October 14 and was immediately admitted to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh.

“Subsequently, close contact screenings discovered five more positive cases,” he said.

Up to 12pm today, 144 individuals in the Lekir cluster have been tested with six confirmed positive cases, two negative and 136 still awaiting results.

The index patient for the Buntar cluster in Kedah was detected through screenings done on October 15.

Close contact screenings resulted in seven other positive cases being identified.

As of 12pm today, 51 individuals were screened with eight confirmed positive and 43 others waiting for their results.

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