Health Ministry: Covid-19 cluster detected involving individual who was in Italy


Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. - MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has detected a cluster stemming from an individual with a travel history to Italy, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general identified the patient as case number 1,580.

“From that cluster, about 37 people tested Covid-19 positive and there were five related deaths (cases 1,031; 1,032; 1,006; 2,850 and 2,210), and one critical case in the intensive care unit.

“This cluster has infections up to the third generation, ” he said in a press conference on Sunday (April 5).

Dr Noor Hisham urged members of the public to be forthcoming with information should they have any travel history or history of attending gatherings or having close contact with Covid-19 patients.

Another 179 new Covid-19 cases were reported, bringing the total to 3,662 cases as of Sunday.

Four more deaths were recorded, which brings the number of Covid-19 deaths to 61 in the country.

Dr Noor Hisham added that a total of 99 cases were being treated in the intensive care units (ICU) and 48 of those cases needed ventilators.

He said that from the new cases, 46 were linked to the tabligh gathering in Seri Petaling.

There are 124,632 Covid-19 cases in Italy with 15,362 deaths as of Sunday, according to reports.

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