Covid-19: New clusters detected in Kedah and Terengganu


PUTRAJAYA: Three new Covid-19 clusters have been detected by the Health Ministry, bringing the country’s number of active clusters to 37.

Two of the new clusters, the Bah Sintok cluster in Kedah and the Bah Tanjung cluster in Terengganu, involved individuals with recent travelling history to Sabah.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Bah Tanjung cluster was detected in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu.

Its index case is a 46-year-old man who had travelled to Semporna, Sabah from Sept 10 to Sept 27.

“The patient had a sore throat and fever since Sept 28. He tested positive for Covid-19 on Sept 30 and was admitted to the Hulu Terengganu Hospital in Kuala Berang.

“A screening of his contacts found six more positive Covid-19 cases,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement Monday (Oct 5).

The Bah Sintok cluster in Kubang Pasu, Kedah, started from a 23-year-old man who had returned from Sabah on Sept 20.

“The case developed symptoms of fever, flu and headache since Sept 22. He was detected positive for Covid-19 on Oct 2 and was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah.

“Following that, a screening on the case’s close contacts was conducted and 11 more individuals tested positive for Covid-19.

“The source of the infection is being investigated,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The other new cluster, the Jeram cluster, was identified in Kubang Pasu, Kedah.

Dr Noor Hisham said the index case is a 31-year-old woman who developed cough and headache on Sept 25.

“The woman sought treatment at the Tunjang government clinic on Sept 28 and was tested for Covid-19.

“Her test returned positive the following day and she was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah. A screening of her close contacts found three other individuals who are Covid-19 positive,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said disinfection and sanitisation had been conducted by the Kubang Pasu district health office on the related health facility.

“The source of the infection is still being investigated,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

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