New cluster found after death of its index patient


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  • Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: A new Covid-19 cluster has been found in Sabah following the death of its index patient in Semporna, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“The index case is a Filipina, who is the 129th fatal case. Close contact screening was conducted and two cases were found from this Bakau cluster. The two are a Malaysian and a Filipino who have been admitted to Tawau Hospital, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

A total of 109 people have been screened, with 106 still awaiting results.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Sungai cluster, which originally involved healthcare workers from a private medical centre in Kedah, recorded eight new cases.

He said only one additional case was reported from the Benteng LD cluster. The cluster originated from two undocumented migrants who were under detention at the Lahad Datu police headquarters’ lockup.

On current Covid-19 statistics, the country recorded an additional 20 cases, with 51 recoveries. Of the 20 newly reported cases, three were imported.

“From the 17 local transmissions, 14 were from Malaysia, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The country also recorded an additional fatality, an 82-year-old Malaysian.

“He experienced fever symptoms on Sept 4 but received no treatment. On Sept 7 he was found to be a close contact of case 9,458 and case 9,547. The patient was admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah hospital in Kedah on Sept 9 but his condition worsened and he was transferred to the ICU ward. He died on Sept 18 at 5.45pm, ” he said.

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