Noor Hisham: Non-compliance of Home Surveillance Order led to widespread Covid-19 infections

PETALING JAYA: The non-compliance of the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) has led to a widespread transmission of Covid-19 infections, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Dr Noor Hisham said based on the HSO that was conducted from June 10 to July 23, the current active clusters resulting from the non-compliance are the Elsa cluster, PUI Novgorod, PUI Pitakwa, PUI Melbourne, PUI Ramnad, PUI Al Khobar, PUI Shirala and Sivagangga.

As the Sivagangga cluster was a result from the non-compliance of the HSO, Dr Noor Hisham said 425 people have been screened from this cluster.

From the 425 people, 21 were positive Covid-19,362 tested negative while 42 others are still waiting for the results.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Sivagangga cluster involved the owner of a restaurant who had returned to Malaysia from India, and was placed on the HSO.

But, he noted that the individual, the index case, did not comply with the HSO rules.

He added that the contact tracing in this case was made even more difficult for the district and state health departments, as the restaurant did not use the mySejahtera application or had recorded the information of customers who had visited the place.

On Monday (Aug 3), one case was reported from the Sivagangga cluster, in which the person was a customer at the restaurant.

"The person did a Covid-19 test at a private healthcare facility on July 27, and the result from the Rapid Test Kit Antibody came back negative. On July 31, he had symptoms of fever and cough but he did not contact the district or state health clinic to get treatment.

"Only a day later after being involved in activities related to Hari Raya Aidiladha, he was informed of being a close contact of the index case. Following that, a RT-PCR test was done and he was found to be positive.

"He has since been admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah for further treatment," he said during his media briefing on Monday (Aug 3).

When asked about threats directed towards the index case in the Sivagangga cluster, Dr Noor Hisham urged the public not to take the law into their own hands and to follow the law.

"The individual had breached the rules and we have fined the individual," he added.

Separately, in the Bukit Tiram cluster in Johor, Dr Noor Hisham said that based on early investigations, the spread of the virus might have come from a student who had returned from the Philippines and had infected others.

"We will be conducting a targeted approach screening on the Roman Catholic community in Johor," he said.

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