Covid-19: Tawar cluster continues to see rise in cases


PUTRAJAYA: The Covid-19 cluster of Tawar continues to see a rise in positive cases, with seven more infections recorded in Kedah and Penang.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Monday (Aug 17) that of the seven new cases, four were in Kedah while three were detected in Penang.

“This brings the total number of positive cases related to this cluster to 46 cases.

"All of the new cases are third-generation cases,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said as of 12pm Monday, a total of 1,135 people had been screened under this cluster.

In Kedah, 39 of the positive cases were detected in the state from 918 people who were screened.

So far, 655 of them have tested negative, while 224 individuals are still waiting for results.

Seven cases were detected in Penang with 175 testing negative and 26 results still pending out of 208 people who have been screened.

Nine individuals related to this cluster have also been screened in Perak, with no positive cases detected so far.

Eight of them were negative while one individual is still awaiting results.

“Our active case detection and screening of close contacts is still ongoing for this cluster, and we will continuously update the current situation,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

On the Sala Cluster, Dr Noor Hisham said two new cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to six.

He said 273 individuals had been screened, with 269 of them in Kedah and four in Penang.

The cases related to this cluster have so far only been detected in Kedah, with the four individuals in Penang all testing negative.

There are still 49 people in Kedah who are waiting for their results while 214 individuals have already tested negative.
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