No new cases linked to Tawar cluster on Monday (Aug 24), contact tracing ongoing

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  • Monday, 24 Aug 2020

PUTRAJAYA: There have been no new cases recorded from the Tawar cluster – Malaysia's largest active cluster – on Monday (Aug 24) even as the country recorded seven new infections.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah however said screening activities on individuals with links to the cluster is ongoing.

“In Kedah, a total of 2,907 people have been screened where 52 individuals tested positive while 2,393 were negative. Another 460 individuals are still waiting for their results.

“In Penang, 518 people were screened with 11 of them testing positive. Some 506 have tested negative while one of them is still waiting for results.

“A total of 11 people were tested in Perak in which all were negative,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement.

Since the first case under the Tawar cluster was detected on Aug 12, this is only the second time it has recorded zero cases in a day.

The last time was on Aug 20, when the country saw zero local transmissions and only five imported cases.

So far, all 65 patients linked to the Tawar cluster have not recovered and are still undergoing treatment at hospitals.

“As of noon on Monday (Aug 24), a total of 3,436 people related to the cluster have been screened. Seven of them are currently being treated at intensive care units,” said Dr Noor Hisham

Although the Bukit Jalil immigration detention centre cluster which is still active has seen 653 confirmed cases, it has only three patients left being treated.

The Sivangangga cluster, which had 45 confirmed cases, has seen 38 recoveries so far with seven patients left under treatment.

The Tawar cluster’s index case (patient 9,113) is a 53-year-old who had tested positive for the virus on Aug 12.

The Malaysian man had a history of attending a funeral gathering on July 31 and Aug 1 which was attended by family members.

Previously, Dr Noor Hisham said that an investigation had shown physical distancing rules were not fully adhered to at the gathering, which contributed to the transmission of infection.

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