New Muda cluster detected


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Aug 2020

Standing guard: Insp Muhammad Saiful Azraf Ali (fifth from left) and his team supervising a roadblock heading to Jalan Tanah Timbul in Kuala Perlis. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: A new cluster has been detected in the country with 20 new cases.

This was the Muda cluster in Kedah, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“The index case in this cluster originated from a policeman. The new case reported from this cluster (yesterday) is a colleague of the index case.

“Following this, active case detection was carried out and close contact screenings have been done on Aug 13 where a positive case was detected on Aug 14, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said 124 close contacts were screened.

Of the 124 people, he said so far two tested positive, five tested negative while 117 others are still waiting for their results.

“All the cases in this cluster are Malaysians. Active case detection is still ongoing. Preventive measures such as disinfection and decontamination on areas that have been identified in this cluster are being carried out, ” he said.

The cause of infection is still under investigation.

With 20 new Covid-19 cases recorded yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said this brings the total infections in the country to 9,149 with 196 active cases.

Of the 20 new infections, he said seven were imported cases – six Malaysians and a foreigner, while the rest were local transmissions.

In the local transmission cases, Dr Noor Hisham said 11 came from the Tawar cluster, and one from the new Muda cluster.

He said a positive case was also detected from a Severe Acute Respiratory Infection screening.

There were 11 new cases reported in the Tawar cluster yesterday – 10 in Kedah and one in Penang.

“Case 9129 from this cluster has been admitted to Penang Hospital from a private hospital. This will remain as a case from Kedah.”

As of yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said 261 people from the Tawar cluster had been screened. Of the 261, he said 21 have tested positive.

Currently, he said there were four patients being treated in the intensive care unit, and one case required ventilator support.

Seven patients have been discharged bringing the total cumulative discharged cases to 8,828.

He said that no deaths were recorded, keeping the death toll at 125.

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