New clusters in Kurau and Meranti

PETALING JAYA: Two new clusters have been identified as the country records 13 new Covid-19 cases, says the Health director-general.Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the new clusters were the Kurau cluster and the Meranti cluster.

With 13 new cases recorded yesterday, he said they brought the total in the country to 9,083 cases.

Of the 13, nine were imported cases while the rest were local transmissions, he noted.

The nine imported cases consisted of five Malaysians and four foreigners.

In the local transmission cases, Dr Noor Hisham said three were from Penang – two from the Sivagangga cluster and one from the Kurau cluster.

He added that the fourth case of local transmission was detected in Putrajaya from the Meranti cluster.

In the Kurau cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said to date, two positive cases had been detected.

He said the first case in the Kurau cluster was Case 9,050 which was reported on Aug 7.

The second case was the brother-in-law of this case who was detected as a result of active case detection and close contact screening.

“The brother-in-law and his family in Penang were tested.

“On Aug 9, the individual was found to be positive for Covid-19 but five of his family members who have been tested so far are negative, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said that currently, 115 close contacts of the individual had been tested – 106 were negative while nine others were awaiting their results.

Meanwhile, in the Meranti cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said it originated from Case 9,083, a health worker who tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug 8.

“The individual was a close contact of Case 8,968, a Covid-19-positive patient who was detected in a pre-operation screening.

“Upon further investigation, Case 8,968 had a history of seeking treatment at a healthcare facility in which Case 9,083 was working.

“Based on the close contact screening and active case detection that is currently underway, 15 individuals have so far been tested, ” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham added that the cause of the infection in the Meranti cluster was still under investigation.

Separately, in the Sivagangga cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said as of noon yesterday, 4,636 people had been screened.

Of the total, 45 people, he said, had tested positive.

Thirty-one of them were detected in Kedah, 11 in Perlis and three in Penang.

“Close contact screening and active case detection activity is still underway.

“Preventive measures such as disinfection and decontamination of areas that have been identified in this cluster are being carried out, ” he added.

Of the 9,083 cumulative total infections in the country, 174 of them are active cases, with one receiving treatment in the intensive care unit.

Nine patients have been discharged, bringing the total discharged to 8,784 cases.

Dr Noor Hisham added that no deaths were recorded, keeping the death toll at 125 cases.

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