New Covid-19 cluster detected in Kuantan

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  • Tuesday, 14 Apr 2020

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PUTRAJAYA: A new Covid-19 cluster has been detected in Kuantan which is responsible for one death and at least 20 infections.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who disclosed this yesterday, said the index case for the cluster had travelled to Bali and later infected an elder brother who died.

He said the cluster involved a group of patients and several personnel of a medical facility in the Pahang capital, with a total of 20 persons diagnosed with the disease.

“Of this, 14 are being treated at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan, with three placed in intensive care, ” Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that two patients have recovered and were discharged.

The DG said the deceased, identified as Patient 1,575, caused seven cases (second generation) and a further 11 third-generation cases.

“We have identified 339 people as close contacts, including 202 medical personnel, in this cluster. All have been screened, ” he said.

So far, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry has identified 25 clusters and sub-clusters in the country.

The Sri Petaling tabligh cluster was the largest, making up about 40% of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Dr Noor Hisham said as for the “Italy cluster” in Kuching, there were five new cases detected bringing the total to 50 cases. Five people from one family have died from this cluster.

There were no new cases in the Kuching church cluster, Bandar Baru Bangi wedding cluster and Rembau district sub-cluster.

As for areas under the enhanced MCO, Dr Noor Hisham said there were eight new cases detected in Bandar Baru Ibrahim Majid, making it a total of 163 cases in the Johor locality.

There were another 24 new cases in Hulu Langat, making it 240 cases in all, and 15 new cases in three locations close to one another in Kuala Lumpur, making it 125 cases.

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