PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health has detected a new cluster of Covid-19 cases in Sendayan, Negri Sembilan involving a tahfiz centre.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, to date, 39 positive cases had been detected in Sendayan involving 13 tahfiz students, a group of 15 individuals and 11 people from a family.
"So, there is an outbreak of Covid-19 in Sendayan.
"An integrated action has and is being implemented by the ministry at the locations to check their spread in Sendayan," he said in his daily briefing here Tuesday (April 14).
Commenting further, Dr Hisham said 28 virus clusters had been detected in the country with the largest cluster being in Seri Petaling so far.
"Apart from the assembly clusters in Seri Petaling, the other clusters are considered small," he said.
To a question on whether there was a possibility of new cases in Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas, he said so far 573 samples had been taken and awaiting results.
"In Masjid India, so far, we do not have any new cases being detected. But we have started our action on active case detection there, even implemented enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), so it takes a few days before we can come out with the results, ” he explained.
The government has imposed the enhanced MCO in Masjid India and surrounding areas in Kuala Lumpur, effective Tuesday until April 28.
It is the fifth to be imposed by the government, and covers Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Melaka and Jalan Ampang which surround the Masjid India area.
The government also decided to extend the enhanced MCO in Kampung Dato’ Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Dato’ Ibrahim Majid in Simpang Renggam, Kluang, Johor; as well as Menara City One in Jalan Munshi Abdullah; and Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion in Jalan Masjid India.
The extension is until April 28 due to the increase in Covid-19 cases among residents there.
Meanwhile, the enhanced MCO at Batu 21-23, Kampung Sungai Lui in Hulu Langat came to an end on Monday night (April 13) with the exception of the Maahad Tahfiz An-Nabawiyyah and a house at Batu 23, Kampung Paya Lebar, Sungai Lui where it will continue until April 28.
On this development, Dr Hisham said in certain areas there was a potential for the virus to spread and therefore the ministry had to contain the area.
"The enhanced MCO needs to be done to make sure we can screen all of them, detect and trace positive cases. This action needs to be done.
"For the record, the enhanced MCO in Simpang Renggam and Sungai Lui managed to contain the spread.
"It’s something that needs full focus and collaboration with the police and the Armed Forces coming together as one for this action plan, ” he added. – Bernama
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