Covid-19: 167 more cases in Tawau prison, says Dr Noor Hisham


  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Sep 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Tawau prison in Sabah continues to become a hotbed for Covid-19 infections after the Health Ministry confirmed 167 more cases from there.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 167 cases, only six individuals were not detainees but civilians traced from the ministry’s screening of close contacts.

The rest are detainees, with 70 Malaysians, 61 from the Philippines while 30 are Indonesians.

The Tawau prison, which is part of the Benteng LD (Lahad Datu) cluster, is currently under enhanced movement control order (MCO) where mass screenings being carried out on detainees, as well as prison staff.

Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry had also screened 2,067 individuals in Tawau and 770 people in Lahad Datu.

“There have been 250 cases detected in Tawau, while 625 individuals tested negative. Another 1,192 are still waiting for their results.

“In Lahad Datu, 87 cases were detected, 291 tested negative, while the results for 392 are still pending.

“The situation at all clusters are areas under the enhanced MCO will be updated from time to time. So far, the implementation has been running smoothly while the cooperation of the public has been great, ” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement Friday (Sept 11).

The Benteng LD cluster, currently the largest and most active cluster, has now recorded a total of 337 cases.

Besides the Benteng LD cluster, the other cases were from the Sungai (11 cases) and Telaga (three cases) clusters in Kedah.

The Sungai cluster currently has 50 total cases while the Telaga cluster has 16 positive cases.

Both clusters originated from healthcare workers from two public and private hospitals in the state.

Meanwhile, only one case out of the 182 was imported from abroad. The sole import case involves a foreigner arriving into the country from the Philippines.

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