Kedah cluster emerges from returnee who broke home quarantine


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: The index case of the Patient Under Investigation (PUI) Sivagangga cluster in Kedah is a restaurant owner who broke home quarantine rules, says Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said the patient was a permanent resident who returned to Malaysia from India on July 13.

(Sivagangga is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.)

"The patient initially tested negative when he landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport but broke home quarantine rules.

"Action has been taken against the patient who later tested positive in a second test and has been admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah," said Dr Noor Hisham.

The health department later found 28 close contacts of the patient and five of them tested positive.

"Four of them are foreigners who work at the restaurant while another is a family member," he said, adding that all the patients shared the same living spaces with the index case.

Health officials have also identified the restaurant and the premises have since been closed for sanitation works.

Meanwhile, 229 traders were screened at a market in Satok where another cluster was detected after four tests came back positive for Covid-19.

All of those tested positive were asymptomatic and were sent to Sarawak General Hospital for treatment.

Infection prevention and control measures are being carried out at the market, including sanitation works.

On July 28, there were 39 new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, bringing the total number of cases to 8,943.

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 11 of the new cases were imported while 28 were local transmissions.

The 11 imported cases involved four Malaysians and seven foreigners returning from Saudi Arabia, Ireland, South Korea, India, Russia, the United States, South America, Britain, and the Philippines.

Meanwhile, 19 out of the 28 local transmissions were detected in Sarawak, including seven from the Sentosa cluster and four from the Kuching engineering cluster.

One case each emerged from the Mambong cluster and the PUI Melbourne cluster, while two more cases involved asymptomatic patients who are now being treated at Sarawak General Hospital.

There were also two cases detected in Sabah.

Six more recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recovered patients to 8,607.

No deaths were recorded.

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