KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 802 Covid-19 cases have been detected in Kedah and Sarawak since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
"A total of 125 cases were detected in Kedah and 678 in Sarawak.
"The recent rise in cases was due to the detection of one new cluster in Kedah and nine in Sarawak," he said when answering a question raised by Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen (PH-Bandar Kuching) in Parliament Thursday (Aug 6).
He said that a total of 24 cases were detected from the latest Kedah cluster following the screening of 1,647 individuals.
In Sarawak, Dr Adham said a total of 67 positive cases were detected following the screening of 2,541 individuals from nine clusters.
He noted that swift action and a targeted screening approach had helped prevent the spread of the virus in the two states.
He noted the nation experienced its first wave of Covid-19 infections between Jan 2 and Feb 15 while the second wave started on Feb 27.
Meanwhile, he assured Dr Yii that the Health Ministry's screening figures were accurate as they were done according to standard operating procedures.
Dr Yii raised concerns over the ministry's daily screening tally following reports that random screenings were being conducted in Sarawak.
Datuk Seri Azizah Mohd Dun (Bersatu-Beaufort) also raised concerns of a rise of Covid-19 infections in Sabah as one of the latest cases involved an individual from the Philippines.
The number of Covid-19 cases in Sabah is at 400 as of Aug 4.
Dr Adham assured that surveillance at Sabah entry points had been stepped up.
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