Covid-19: New cluster detected in Kedah


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  • Saturday, 15 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: A new Covid-19 cluster has been identified in Kedah, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement Saturday (Aug 15).

"The first case of this cluster (case 9148) is a Malaysian man who was identified as Covid-19 positive on August 13 via a clinical surveillance system for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (Sari) at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah.

"Active case and close contact detections were conducted on August 14 with positive cases found on August 15," he added.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the three cases in the cluster identified on Saturday were all family relatives of the index case.

As of Aug 15,80 close contacts of the patient have been screened with four testing positive. The remaining 76 are still awaiting their results.

Meanwhile, 12 more cases have been reported from the Tawar cluster, with two cases in Penang and 10 in Kedah.

"The number of cases linked to this cluster is now at 33. As many as 657 individuals have been screened.

"From that, 30 positive cases were found in Kedah and three in Penang. In Perak, eight have been screened, and their results are still pending," he said.

Lastly, one additional case was found linked to the Muda cluster.

Three tested positive so far, while 103 of the 133 individuals screened are still waiting for their results.

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