Four new clusters identified, says Dr Noor Hisham (updated)


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Oct 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has identified four new clusters in Sabah, Selangor, Putrajaya and Kedah.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cluster with the most cases is the Bah Ketil cluster in Langkawi, Kedah with nine people infected followed by the Selasih cluster in Putrajaya with seven cases, five in the Joo Hwa cluster, Tawau and three cases in Meru, Klang, Selangor.

He said the new cluster found in Klang involved a Malaysian man aged 30.

"The symptomatic case started on Sept 24. The Covid-19 test came out positive on Sept 29 and the patient was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital," he said at the ministry's press conference Thursday (Oct 1).

Following the case, a close contact screening was conducted where three more individuals tested positive.

"All positive cases involved Malaysians and warded at the Sungai Buloh Hospital for further treatment," he said.

For the Joo Hwa cluster in Tawau, Sabah, he said the index case was a Malaysian man aged 31.

"The man started to show symptoms of fever and cough since Sept 14. A Covid-19 test was conducted on Sept 14 and he tested positive on Sept 20.

"Following the case, a close contact tracing was conducted and four more individuals tested positive for Covid-19.

"All the cases involved Malaysians and have been admitted to Tawau Hospital for treatment," he said.

"As of noon Oct 1, a total of 126 individuals were screened for the cluster and five tested positive for Covid-19,11 tested negative while 110 people are still waiting for their results," he said, adding that the source of infection is still under investigation.

The Selasih cluster in Putrajaya involved a 37-year-old Malaysian who has a travel history to Kota Kinabalu, Melangkap and Kundasang in Sabah, he said.

The patient started to show fever and cough symptoms on Sept 25 and had a Covid-19 test at KLIA on Sept 27. His results subsequently came out positive the next day, added the Health DG.

"Six other people have tested positive, all involving Malaysians, and have been admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital. As of Oct 1, a total of 28 other individuals were tested and seven were found positive, eight tested negative while 13 individuals are awaiting their results," he said.

The Bah Ketil, Kedah cluster was identified at the Baling and Langkawi districts in Kedah.

"The index case cluster involved a Malaysian aged 39 who had a travel history to Tawau Sabah, from Sept 17 to 29.

"The patient had symptoms such as coughing and muscle pain since Sept 24 and received treatment at a health clinic in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

"Following that, a close contact screening was done and eight other people have tested positive for Covid-19.

"Three of the cases involved Malaysians and have been admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah and Langkawi Hospitals, in Kedah for further treatment," he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said that as of Oct 1, a total of 252 individuals were screened, where nine people tested positive, 203 tested negative while 40 individuals are still waiting for their results.

"The source of infection has yet to be determined," he added.

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