PETALING JAYA: Eight individuals who are linked to the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah are found to be Covid-19-positive, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 262 people linked to the cluster were screened for Covid-19 as of July 31. Of the number, eight were found to be positive, 251 negative and three still pending results.
“Out of the eight positive cases, five are non-Malaysians. Active case detection of close contacts is still being carried out, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
The Sivagangga cluster involves the owner of a nasi kandar restaurant in Jitra, one of his family members and four workers.
A total of 73 kindergartens and three daycare centres under the Community Development Department (Kemas) in Kubang Pasu were ordered to close following the emergence of the cluster.
Some guardians and parents are believed to have gone to the restaurant linked to the cluster.
There was one more death related to Covid-19 in the country yesterday – a 64-year-old Filipino with a history of heart problems.
He had fever, cough and respiratory problems on July 25 but did not seek treatment.
On July 29, he was found unconscious and brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu where he died. A subsequent test showed that he was Covid-19-positive.
His death brings the death toll to 125.
Malaysia recorded 12 new cases yesterday, bringing the country’s total infections to 8,976.
Dr Noor Hisham said five of the cases were imported, involving two Malaysians and three foreigners travelling from Indonesia, Qatar and the United Kingdom.
The remaining seven cases were local transmissions, of which five involved Malaysians and two foreigners.
The new local transmission cases which involved Malaysians were detected from a preoperative screening at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor (one); the Sivagangga cluster (two); a preoperative screening at a medical centre in Selangor (one); and a screening done at a lockup in Negri Sembilan before the individual was transferred to a prison (one).
The local transmission cases which involved foreigners were detected in Johor and Sabah.
As of now, there are still 207 active cases.
There are also three patients receiving treatment at the intensive care unit with one on ventilator support.
Dr Noor Hisham said 27 more patients recovered from the disease, bringing the number of recoveries to 8,644.
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