Covid-19: Health Ministry detects two new clusters in Sabah, Perak

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has discovered two new Covid-19 clusters - one in Sabah and the other in Perak.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Ramai-Ramai cluster in Sandakan, Sabah originated from a bus driver who suffered from a sore throat and fever since Sept 27.

“The bus driver was found to be Covid-19 positive on Oct 3 and was admitted to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan for treatment.

“His close contacts were screened and 19 more people were found to be Covid-19 positive under the cluster. They have all been admitted to the same hospital,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a live Covid-19 briefing from his home on Tuesday (Oct 6).

He said another 146 individuals under the cluster are still waiting for their test results.

Under the Batu cluster in Taiping, Perak, seven people have tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct 5.

“The cluster was identified based on a screening of staff and family members of a detention centre. The positive cases have been admitted to Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The ministry has tested 860 individuals as of noon on Tuesday, of which 182 have tested negative for Covid-19.

Test results for another 671 individuals are still pending.

Currently, the Tembok cluster in Kedah is the biggest and most active cluster in the country, with 1,047 positive cases within it so far.

The cluster reported 394 new cases on Tuesday, more than half of the country’s total new infections.

The Bangau-Bangau cluster, which is centred in Semporna and Tawau in Sabah, also saw a rise with 30 new cases, bringing its tally to 429 cases.

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