Covid-19: New cluster in Sabah related to 120th death, says Health DG

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 17 Jun 2020

PETALING JAYA: Another Covid-19 cluster has been identified in Kota Kinabalu and it is linked to the 120th death in the country caused by the disease.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the death was of a senior citizen who had a history of heart disease and he added that the patient's body was brought to the forensic unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.

He said that the senior citizen tested positive for Covid-19 and that the deceased also received treatment for heart disease at the Queen Elizabeth 2 hospital.

Dr Noor Hisham said that contact tracing was conducted and that two hospital staff tested positive for Covid-19.

He also said that a total of 63 individuals have been screened for the disease as of Wednesday (June 17), including 21 health workers, two patients, and 40 of the patient's family and friends.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the process of disinfection at the wards and the house of the deceased has also been conducted.

“The services at the Queen Elizabeth 2 hospital are not affected and are continuing as per normal. The cause of the cluster is still under investigation, ” Dr Noor Hisham said during a press conference on updates of the Covid-19 situation on Wednesday.

On the Covid-19 cluster at the old folks home in Kuala Selangor, Dr Noor Hisham said that another seven cases had been detected there.

Altogether, 64 people have been screened for the disease, with seven people testing positive so far.

Dr Noor Hisham said that 43 tested negative while 14 are still awaiting for the results.

He added that the home has been disinfected, with staff of the home educated about social distancing and the use of PPE when working.

Dr Noor Hisham said that the home was still operating as per normal with the residents quarantined, adding that the Ministry would continue monitoring the health of the residents, with those showing symptoms to be brought to hospital for treatment.

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