Number of active clusters at four out of 34 clusters, says Health DG


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: There are currently four active Covid-19 clusters out of the 34 clusters identified in Malaysia so far, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said they were the Chow Kit market cluster (29 new cases), the Pesantren cluster (eight), the Cheras security guards cluster (one), and the Sendayan cluster (one).

He said this showed the ministry’s targeted testing approach was effective when asked whether mass screenings for workers should be undertaken in Malaysia.

“We have even ‘closed’ three clusters after 28 days of not recording any new cases, ” he said, adding that this included the Pakistan tabligh cluster in Tawau, Sabah.

In regards to Covid-19 cases linked to wet markets, he said 183 positive cases in total had been identified after screening 25,034 individuals linked to 137 markets.

Addressing concerns on whether the fresh market produce was safe to eat, he said the ministry was waiting for a report from the Veterinary Services Department (DVS) on whether the virus was found in livestock.

He emphasised that cooked food was safe to consume.

“There are many who are worried about this issue, but as of now, there have been no infections caused by food.

“When we cook the food, the virus will die, if the virus is present in the food at all, ” he said at the daily press Covid-19 briefing in Putrajaya yesterday.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said although up to 20 people were allowed to gather for festivals in the same state, attendees must be from the same family, and that social distancing must be maintained.

The number of attendees was also dependent on the actual space available, he added.

“As an example, having 20 people in an apartment will make the area a crowded space, and that contravenes the ministry’s guidelines on social distancing, ” he said.

He emphasised that senior citizens must be given special attention, and this would mean refraining from offering physical expressions of affection.

“For those attending gatherings, they must protect the elderly, and this means no salam (greetings involving touching hands or hugs) or cium cium (kisses), ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that those wanting to go visiting could stagger their arrivals.

Malaysia reported 70 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of infections to 6,726.

Out of the new cases, 31 were foreigners. There were 13 imported cases, while the rest were local transmissions.

Dr Noor Hisham said 88 patients were discharged in the same 24-hour span, bringing the number of recovered patients to 5,113 since the outbreak began.

There are 1,504 active cases being treated at the country’s health facilities.

One new death was reported, bringing the death toll to 109.

The latest fatality was a 63-year-old Malaysian man (case 6,657) who had a history of cancer and diabetes.

He was admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur on May 8 and died on May 10.

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