Covid-19: New cluster detected in Semporna, says Health DG


PETALING JAYA: A new Covid-19 cluster, dubbed the Selamat cluster, was detected in Sabah after a local was found to have contracted the virus in Semporna, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said this brought the total number of new Covid-19 cases in the country to 21 on Thursday (Sept 17).

"The new cluster involved a 32-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept 14 following screening at the Tawau Hospital when she was admitted for premature delivery.

"Following screening of close contacts and active case detection, another positive case was detected involving a medical officer who treated the index case," he said in a statement.

He added that so far, 118 individuals have been screened in the cluster, with 116 awaiting test results.

On the situation in Sabah, he said that a total of five new cases were detected in the state.

Dr Noor Hisham said a local and foreigner were detected to have contracted the virus linked to the Benteng cluster, which has recorded a total of 142 cases so far.

He said the screening also detected Covis-19 infections involving a local signing off from the Sipitang Port while another local returning from China.

On the total 21 cases, Dr Noor Hsham said 15 involved locals while six were foreigners with five cases being imported.

He added that this brings the total number of cumulative cases to 10,052 with 674 active cases in the country.

He also said there were no new deaths reported, thus maintaining the death toll at 128 cases, or 1.27% from the total number of cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 13 patients with Covid-19 being treated at intensive care units (ICU) with two on ventilators.

He added that 15 patients had fully recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 9,250, or 92.02% so far.

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