Health minister: 276 Covid-19 clusters to date, but Sri Petaling tabligh cluster still largest ever reported in Malaysia

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that of all the clusters recorded, the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster remains the largest ever recorded. — Bernama pic
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that of all the clusters recorded, the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster remains the largest ever recorded. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba today said that his ministry is currently monitoring 276 Covid-19 clusters in the country, adding that there are 151 clusters, with 129,227 people screened.

Dr Adham however said that of all the clusters recorded, the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster remains the largest ever recorded.

“The largest cluster reported to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) is the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster. The cluster involved a total of 3,375 cases and a total of 42,023 people were screened. The first case for the cluster was on March 11, 2020 and the cluster was declared closed on July 8, 2020.

“Index cases are individuals who attended a religious gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque,” he said.

Dr Adham was replying Sabak Bernam MP Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh in Parliament.

He had been asked to provide data for Covid-19 clusters, the success cases, active cases and the contagion levels in the country.

The minister said that 125 Covid-19 clusters have ended with 194,527 people screened.

He said a breakdown of the 151 active clusters showed those in residences to have the highest number of cases at 64.

This was followed closely by clusters breaking out at workplaces (63).

Trailing behind were clusters that broke out at detention centres and those affecting high risk groups like healthcare workers and the elderly with nine each.

Other than the Seri Petaling Tabligh Cluster, there have been three religious clusters.

Imported clusters have totalled three to date.

Dr Adham said Malaysia’s highest number of Covid-19 cases have all been in Sabah so far. The north Borneo state accounts for 20,234 cases and 149 deaths.

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