MOH: Eight new Covid-19 clusters, including Putra-18 in Putrajaya, Murni in KL

Healthcare workers carry out Covid-19 screening for those with a recent travel history to Sabah at Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam October 4, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Healthcare workers carry out Covid-19 screening for those with a recent travel history to Sabah at Selcare Clinic in Shah Alam October 4, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) said today that eight new Covid-19 clusters were detected today, with three of them coming from Sabah, and one each from Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Sarawak and Johor respectively.

The eight new clusters are called the Sabaru, Tomher and Garden in Sabah, Putra-18 in Putrajaya, Murni in Kuala Lumpur, Seri Pasir in Penang, Besi Demak in Sarawak and Parit Kassan in Johor.

“We would also like to announce the discontinuation of three Covid-19 clusters namely the Kencana and Seri Anggerik cluster in Selangor and Bah Sintok cluster in Kedah. All three clusters recorded no deaths,” its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in his press conference.

The index patient for the Sabaru cluster in Lahad Datu tested positive during a screening on November 3 and 87 more infections have already been discovered through the testing of 1,627 close contacts, he said.

The Tomher cluster in Ranau was traced to a construction worker found positive after being tested among high-risk groups on November 9, with 20 others found to be infected following contract tracing of 276 people.

As for the Garden cluster in Tawau, the index case was discovered through a Covid-19 test on November 7 and 11 others were found to be positive from among 35 close contacts.

The index case of the Putra-18 cluster in Putrajaya was an individual who was found to be positive on November 14 after seeking testing. Close contact tracing has found seven more infections from 52 people screened.

The Murni cluster covering the Kepong and Cheras districts in Kuala Lumpur was traced to a case discovered on November 15, with seven others discovered from among 17 close contacts tested.

The Seri Pasir cluster in the Timur Laut district of Penang was traced to an individual found to be positive on November 11. From there, 11 others tested positive from 24 close contacts screened.

The Besi Demak cluster in Kuching, Sarawak was attributed to an individual who was tested positive on November 15 and five more cases were found from 237 close contacts tested.

The Parit Kassan cluster in Tangkak, Johor index patient was discovered on November 13 and testing of 105 close contacts revealed 11 others infected.

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